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Trump and the Auto Strike, plus 'Manufactured Insecurity' | Start Making Sense

September 20th, 2023


The UAW strike against Detroit’s Big Three is rapidly becoming a major political battle as Donald Trump speaks to auto workers in Detroit, …

Northwestern's hazing scandal with Byron Hurt | Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin

September 18th, 2023


Officially, hazing is illegal and unwelcome just about everywhere you turn—but it continues as an open secret in far too many fraternities, sports teams, and other institutions. The latest revelations from Northwestern …

The Triumph and Tragedy of Betty Friedan | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

September 17th, 2023


Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique (1963) and one of the founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW), was a hero of feminism, …

Gary Younge: from Mandela to Black Lives Matter; plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti in September | Start Making Sense

September 13th, 2023


Gary Younge, the award-winning former columnist for The Guardian, talks about Black writing and Black writers—and his own writing about Mandela, …

Chamique Holdsclaw on Depression and Fame | Edge of Sports

September 12th, 2023


Chamique Holdsclaw's legendary status was apparent from the moment she entered professional sports. After helping the US National Team win the Gold …

Naomi Klein and Her Doppelganger | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

September 10th, 2023


On this episode of the Time of Monsters podcast, Laura Marsh discusses Noami Klein's new book, Doppleganger, about Noami Wolf.

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Heather Cox Richardson on ‘Our Authoritarian Experiment,’ Plus Chile Since Allende | Start Making Sense

September 6th, 2023


Every night, more than a million people read Heather Cox Richardson’s newsletter about the day’s political events. Now she has a new book out, “

Basketball Butterfly Effect Part III: MJ in Portland? | Edge of Sports with Dave Zirin

September 5th, 2023


This week on the Edge of Sports Podcast, part three of our discussion with basketball savant Arya Shirazi about basketball butterfly effects. This …

Oppenheimer’s Inopportune Opportunism | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

September 2nd, 2023


Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is the rarest of things: a summer blockbuster that is super-smart and repays close analysis. Two weeks ago, this …

Our Hot Labor Summer, plus Melania, Ivanka, and the Indictments | Start Making Sense

August 30th, 2023


Our hot labor summer continues. Harold Meyerson, editor at large of The American Prospect, comes on the Start Making Sense podcast to discuss the …

The Trump Wannabees | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

August 27th, 2023


The GOP held their first presidential debate for the 2024 election cycle and the crowded stage was notable for a significant absence.

Former president Donald Trump was nowhere to be seen. Enjoying a commanding lead in …

Drew Faust Remembers the Sixties, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Trump and Georgia | Start Making Sense

August 23rd, 2023


Drew Faust grew up in Virginia in the ’50’s, in the segregated south, in a family that was part of the white elite—and went on to make “necessary …

Delegitimize The Supreme Court | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

August 22nd, 2023


This is the eighth and final episode of Contempt of Court, our podcast series about reforming the Supreme Court. On this episode, we’re going to talk about the court’s only true form of power: legitimacy.

To discuss …

The Jewishness of "Oppenheimer" | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

August 18th, 2023


Christopher Nolen’s Oppenheimer, a biopic about the famed scientist who oversaw the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, is a …

Right-Wing Attacks on Small-Town Libraries; plus “The Snow Leopard” | Start Making Sense

August 16th, 2023


Public Libraries are often wonderful places, but they have become targets of right-wing attack in the culture war. On this episode of the Start …

Basketball Butterfly Effect | Edge of Sports

August 16th, 2023


This week we speak to basketball savant Arya Shirazi about what could have happened if the Detroit Pistons had drafted Carmelo Anthony instead of …

Stripping The Court of Its Power | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

August 15th, 2023


Instead of reforming how the Supreme Court uses its power, what if we took its power away?

Harvard Law School professor, Ryan Doerfler, and Michigan …

It’s a Barbie World But Is That a Good Thing? | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

August 13th, 2023


Barbie has smashed through the glass ceiling. Greta Gerwig’s new movie based on the popular Mattel doll is the big summer film of 2023. It’s made …

Erwin Chemerinsky on The Trump Indictment, plus Katha Pollitt on “Barbie” | Start Making Sense

August 9th, 2023


Should Trump have been charged with incitement of insurrection, or at least violence? What’s the line between free speech and incitement? If Trump …

How to Fix The Supreme Court’s Ethics Problem | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

August 8th, 2023


The Supreme Court has a serious ethics problem—actually, ethics problems. The justices have been dogged by allegations of corruption. They’ve been peppered with questions about how they make money. And then, of course, …

The Secret Origins of Marvel | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

August 5th, 2023


Disney has released a new documentary which myself and many others have criticized for regurgitating a mythical version of history that extolls Stan …

Trump’s Trials, plus Barbie and Oppie | Start Making Sense

August 2nd, 2023


This month, Donald Trump will be facing four indictments in four different jurisdictions at the same time, each for multiple felonies. Yet, …

Finding the Balance | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

August 1st, 2023


Beyond raw court expansion, or the (probably unconstitutional) big stick of forced term-limits, there are a number of other ways one might go about balancing the Supreme Court.

On this episode of Contempt of Court, Elie …

The Case For Abolishing Harvard | Time of Monsters with Jeet Heer

July 30th, 2023


It’s no secret that the rich have an outsized role in Ivy League colleges, both as students and alumni. But a new study, by a group of Harvard-based …

What Happened to Black Activism in Professional Sports? | Edge of Sports

July 28th, 2023


The growth of the Black Lives Matter movement through the 2010s catalyzed a resurgence of Black activism in professional sports that had its climax …

The Class Struggle This Summer | Start Making Sense

July 26th, 2023


The Teamsters reached a historic agreement for UPS workers this week, protecting and rewarding more than 340,000 UPS Teamsters nationwide. We had …

Reform the Media | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

July 25th, 2023


The court ended its most recent term completely off the chain. Having already killed reproductive rights, it accomplished another longstanding …

Young Americans for Freedom Hates Freedom | Time of Monsters

July 22nd, 2023


There’s an old joke that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman, nor even an empire. The right-wing student group Young Americans for …

150 Years of Black Activism In Sports | Edge of Sports

July 21st, 2023


The central place of sports in American life lends immense influence to athletes to shift the culture of the country—and for more than 150 years, …

The War on Black Studies, plus Hollywood on Strike | Start Making Sense

July 19th, 2023


Remember how the state of Florida banned the African-American studies curriculum proposed by the College Board on the grounds that it might cause …

You're Wrong About Term Limits | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

July 17th, 2023


Term limits are by far the most popular form of Supreme Court reform. According to a recent poll from the Associated Press, two-thirds of Americans …

Start Making Sense: Cornel West Should Run as a Democrat, plus Supreme Court Wins and Losses

July 12th, 2023


Cornel West is running for president as the Green Party candidate. On this episode of Start Making Sense, editor in chief, D.D. Guttenplan, explains why he ought to run in the Democratic primaries, instead.

Also: The …

Edge of Sports: Solomon Hughes on playing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 'Winning Time’

July 12th, 2023


From 1979 to 1991, the Los Angeles Lakers would become a dominant force in the world of professional basketball and in American culture more broadly. …

Time of Monsters: Moms For Liberty and Its Media Apologists

July 12th, 2023


Although only formed in 2021, Moms For Liberty, a group agitating for reactionary policies in schools, is already a major player in national …

Elie Mystal's Court Packing Plan | Contempt of Court

July 10th, 2023


When most people talk about expanding the Supreme Court, they're talking about adding a few justices. Two or four to the bench. But I am not most …

Edge of Sports: 1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos on the Legacy of the Black Athletic Revolt

July 6th, 2023


The year 1968 was a time of rebellion across the US and the wider world. Tremendous demonstrations and rebellions shook American cities in opposition to the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and …

Start Making Sense: Summer of Strikes, plus After Affirmative Action: Jane McAlevy on Labor, John Nichols on Education

July 5th, 2023


Two nationwide strikes may be in the works right now. The Teamsters have been negotiating with UPS for a new contract, and the Auto Workers have been preparing to strike at least one of the Detroit auto makers. These …

Time of Monsters: Moira Donegan on the Reactionary Vision of the Supreme Court

July 5th, 2023


The Supreme Court ended its term last week with a spate of extremely right-wing decisions that included severely restricting affirmative action in …

Packing the Court! | Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal

July 3rd, 2023


On this episode, we start with the most powerful reform available: court expansion. 

As a matter of Constitutional structure, Court expansion has …

Start Making Sense: The Battle on the Abortion Borderland, plus RFK Jr.

June 28th, 2023


Crossing the abortion borderland from Texas to New Mexico: Amy Littlefield describes the heroic work being done in both states to provide help to people seeking abortions, one year after the repeal of Roe, and reports …

Edge of Sports: Aaron Maybin: "Athletes aren't superheroes, we're human beings"

June 28th, 2023


After four years as a professional linebacker for football teams in the U.S. and Canada, Aaron Maybin put down his helmet and picked up a range of …

Time of Monsters: The State of the Left in Chile, El Salvador and Nicaragua

June 28th, 2023


This week we return to Central and South America with Jeffrey Gould, a scholar and filmmaker who has a long history of documenting social movements …

Welcome to Contempt of Court with Elie Mystal!

June 27th, 2023


If you have a problem with how the Supreme Court operates and how much power it is allowed to hold over the rest of us: welcome! On this show, we'll …

Start Making Sense: How Democrats can win Working-Class Voters; how Doctors are Fighting—against Hospitals

June 21st, 2023


How can Democrats win back at least some white working class swing voters? We have some striking new research about that. Katie Rader joins the Start Making Sense podcast to discuss the issues that are most likely to …

Edge of Sports: W. Kamau Bell, the reluctant optimist

June 21st, 2023


In this episode of Edge of Sports, host Dave Zirin highlights two takes on the gender politics of sports culture. Dr. Cheryl Cooky joins the Ask a …

Time of Monsters: Establishment Economics Under Siege

June 21st, 2023


The debate over the causes of inflation is heating up and showing an important divide in the discipline of economics. Mainstream economists like Larry Summers blame it on rising wages and recommend interest rate hikes …

Start Making Sense: Cornel West Should Not Be Running for President; plus the GOP vs. Divorce

June 14th, 2023


Cornel West is running for president as a third party candidate, so he’s not going to get many votes. Nevertheless, Joan Walsh argues, he could …

Pat Robertson’s Terrible Legacy

June 13th, 2023


Pat Robertson, who died at age 93, was a much hated figure on the left and for good reason. For many decades, through his television show, The 700 …

Start Making Sense: The Far Right’s Takeover of Shasta County, plus the Enslaved Black Family: Sasha Abramsky on politics, Brenda Stevenson on history

June 7th, 2023


Shasta County, California, north of San Francisco, is a pretty place, but right wing extremists have taken over the Board of Supervisors there. They’ve driven out public health workers and pushed to make the county what …

Time of Monsters: Car Dealers Versus Electric Vehicles

June 7th, 2023


Accelerating the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) is a centerpiece of Joe Biden’s climate policy. In making this push, the most likely choke point …

Start Making Sense: D.D. Guttenplan on Biden and the Vision Thing; plus Disappearing Islands

May 31st, 2023


The polls about the 2024 election are not good. Democrats lack enthusiasm for Biden, especially after his debt limit deal. The Nation's editor in …

Time of Monsters: How Ron DeSantis Botched His Launch

May 31st, 2023


After months of teasing voters and reporters, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has finally launched his presidential bid. He did it on an unusual platform: Twitter Spaces. The launch was widely viewed as a bungle because …

Edge of Sports: Shine On, Denver Nuggets

May 26th, 2023


On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, we chat with the great Washington Post journalist, Michael Lee, about what makes the Denver Nuggets …

Start Making Sense: Is Planned Parenthood Too Cautious? Plus: Writing and Politics

May 24th, 2023


Has Planned Parenthood gotten too cautious and too corporate? Are the risk managers running the organization? Eyal Press reports on the courage of independent abortion services, and the failures of Planned Parenthood.

Time Of Monsters: Biden, The Republicans, and The Debt Ceiling

May 23rd, 2023


Joe Biden has a divided mind when it comes to the Republican Party. On the one hand, he’s all to aware that the GOP has become radicalized and is an existential threat to American democracy. On the other hand, Biden, …

Start Making Sense: Jeffrey Toobin on the Roots of Jan. 6; Adam Hochschild on Anti-Woke History

May 17th, 2023


The ideological roots of the January 6 insurrection go back decades before Trump entered politics -- back to the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal …

Time of Monsters: Slaying the Debt Ceiling Dragon

May 17th, 2023


Over the last thirty years, Republicans, when in control the House of Representatives, have repeatedly used the debt ceiling to force Democratic …

Start Making Sense: Bhaskar Sunkara on Biden in 2024, plus Josh Gondelman on the Writers Strike

May 10th, 2023


Progressives and Biden: what is to be done—about the 2024 election? Bhaskar Sunkara, president of The Nation, comments.

Also: 11,500 members of the Writers Union are on strike against the film, TV and streaming …

Time of Monsters: Can the Corrupt Courts Be Fixed?

May 10th, 2023


The emerging scandals at the Supreme Court are only getting worse with new revelations about Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginni being the beneficiaries of plutocratic largess. But it remains unclear whether the …

Start Making Sense: Impeach Clarence Thomas; plus Joe Biden, the GOP, and 'Freedom'

May 3rd, 2023


D.D. Guttenplan, editor of The Nation, argues that it's time to impeach Clarence Thomas. He also says it's time to remove and replace Diane Feinstein, whose inability to serve is denying the Democrats a majority on the …

Edge of Sports: Lamar Jackson And The State of the Black Quarterback

May 3rd, 2023


On this week's episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, we talk to Prof. Louis Moore, author of "We Will Win The Day," about Lamar Jackson's new contract, the NFL Draft, and what both say about the state of the Black Q.B. …

Time of Monsters: A Corrupt Court Faces No Accountability

May 3rd, 2023


The American judicial system is facing a far reaching legitimacy crisis, with the Republican ominated judges continuing to push an extremist …

Start Making Sense: Anatol Lieven Reports from Ukraine, plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti

April 26th, 2023


Anatol Lieven is back after three weeks in Ukraine, where he found soldiers determined to win, and Russian bombardment doing surprisingly little …

Time of Monsters: Tucker, Twitter and Taibbi

April 26th, 2023


This has been an eventful week in both the news media and social media. Tucker Carlson was apparently fired from Fox News. Meanwhile, Twitter under …

Edge of Sports: David Aldridge on The End of Dan Snyder

April 21st, 2023


This week, we speak to Washington media legend David Aldridge about the forthcoming sale of the Washington football team by its much-loathed owner Dan Snyder.

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Start Making Sense: Rebecca Solnit on Climate Action, plus John Nichols on Abortion Politics

April 19th, 2023


It’s getting late to take action about the climate emergency, but it’s not too late: that’s what Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua say in …

Time of Monsters: Resurgence In The Midwest

April 19th, 2023


The victories of Brandon Johnson in Chicago and Janet Protasiewicz in Wisconsin are the latest signs that the upper Midwest, after a long period of trending right, is now the home of a liberal and left resurgence. Chris …

Start Making Sense: Elie Mystal, Joan Walsh and Chris Lehmann on Trump and his 34 Felonies; plus Afghan Girls in Exile

April 12th, 2023


Donald Trump and his 34 felonies: can he really be brought to justice for paying off Stormy Daniels? We feature highlights of The Nation’s roundtable discussion among Elie Mystal, Justice Correspondent, Joan Walsh, …

Time of Monsters: The Abortion Battle Rages in the Courts

April 11th, 2023


In an earlier podcast, Moira Donegan, frequent Time of Monsters guest and columnist for the Guardian, predicted that Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk would …

Edge of Sports: A Radical Retelling of NBA History

April 9th, 2023


This week we speak to Theresa Runstedler, author of the book Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul …

Start Making Sense: John Nichols on Recent Progressive Victories and Chris Lehmann on Trump's Indictment

April 5th, 2023


The landslide victory of the progressive candidate in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race, Janet Protasiewicz, ten times bigger than Biden's, shows how abortion wins elections. And in Chicago, progressive candidate Brandon …

The Time of Monsters: Two Cheers for Arresting Trump

April 4th, 2023


While the arrest of former president Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business record can be welcomed as a rare example of accountability for the elite Americans, the actual case will have to be tested in court. …

Edge of Sports: Why the NBA World Lost Its Joy

March 30th, 2023


On this episode of Edge of Sports, we speak to Michael Lee of the Washington Post about why this has been the most dispiriting NBA season in recent history. We don’t just catalog the moments, though. We also try to …

Start Making Sense: Low-Paid Workers Strike and Win in LA; Minor League Baseball Players Form a Union

March 29th, 2023


In Los Angeles last week, a three-day strike by 30,000 public school custodians, food service workers, bus drivers and teacher's aides ended with a …

The Time of Monsters: Trump Is Still GOP Top Dog

March 28th, 2023


On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Alex Shephard discusses why Ron DeSantis and other rivals are faltering.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the preferred Trump foe of the Republican establishment. Both the donor …

Start Making Sense: Katha Pollitt on Women in 2023, plus Christian Appy on Protest in 1969

March 22nd, 2023


American women in 2023: the news is bad, but it’s not all bad. Katha Pollitt is on the Start Making Sense podcast to explain.

Also: the largest …

The Time of Monsters: New Fronts on the Abortion Fight

March 21st, 2023


Last year, the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision. This has only …

Edge of Sports: Ja Morant On The Edge

March 17th, 2023


On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, we speak to Daily Memphian columnist Chris Herrington about the personal troubles of Memphis Grizzlies …

Start Making Sense: John Nichols on Banks and Regulations, plus Gregg Gonsalves on Masks and Covid

March 15th, 2023


Since the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank last week, we need to understand how and why medium-sized banks have been allowed to …

The Time of Monsters: Havana Syndrome and the Psychosomatic Empire

March 14th, 2023


The good news is we have one less thing to worry about: so-called Havana Syndrome turns out not to be caused by a mysterious super-weapon to harm American diplomats and military personnel, despite numerous press reports …

Edge of Sports: Hooked On Women's Hoops with Kate Fagan

March 9th, 2023


On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, we speak to author and sports opinionist Kate Fagan about her new illustrated history of the women in …

Start Making Sense: Ron DeSantis says ‘The Left Made Me Do It”; plus our Oscar preview with John Powers

March 8th, 2023


Ron DeSantis has written a political autobiography, “The Courage to be Free.” The Nation's DC Bureau Chief, Chris Lehmann calls it “a paranoid rant …

The Time of Monsters: Fox News and the Quicksand of Lies

March 7th, 2023


The ongoing defamation suit launched by Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News for its coverage of the 2020 election has already resulted in the …

Start Making Sense: Saree Makdisi on Israelis and Palestinians; Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Battle over Black Studies

March 1st, 2023


Israel’s new far-right government, headed, again, by Benjamin Netanyahu, is working to undermine democracy for Israelis and advance Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land. Provocations by Israel in the West Bank have …

Start Making Sense: John Nichols on the Most Important Election Before 2024, plus Gregg Gonsalves on the End of the Covid Emergency

February 22nd, 2023


The most important election of 2023 is in Wisconsin next month, where voters can change the state's supreme court and end domination by conservatives. They’ve banned abortion and enforced the worst gerrymandering in the …

Start Making Sense: Black history banned in Florida; “The Crown” and the Royal Family: Robin Kelley on Ron DeSantis, plus Gary Younge on the monarchy

February 15th, 2023


Black history, banned in Florida—and excluded from the College Board’s recommended AP Black Studies course. UCLA professor Robin Kelley will comment …

Start Making Sense: QAnon & the Republicans, Ireland & the Irish: Chris Lehmann on politics, plus Fintan O’Toole on his ‘personal history’

February 8th, 2023


“The government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex …

Start Making Sense: The Constitutional Solution to the Debt Limit Crisis, plus Victor Navasky Remembered

February 1st, 2023


House Republicans are refusing to raise the debt limit, threatening that the US will default on its bond payments. But the Constitution has the …

Start Making Sense: How to Defeat Kyrsten Sinema; Universal Basic Income in L.A.: Steve Phillips on politics, Sasha Abramsky on poverty

January 25th, 2023


Kyrsten Sinema, the Arizona senator who quit the Democratic Party in December, is up for reelection next year, and will be challenged by progressive Democrat Ruben Gallego. Steve Phillips points to evidence that her …

Start Making Sense: Abortion rights battles return in the 2023 elections; plus wages at Walmart

January 18th, 2023


Abortion rights voters are reshaping politics in the coming political season—starting with a special election to the Virginia State Senate. Also: the …

Start Making Sense: Fintan O’Toole on the Next Insurrection; Katha Pollitt on “She Said”

January 11th, 2023


If you were planning a future coup, what could you learn from the failure of Trump’s efforts on January 6? Fintan O’Toole says it would need a better …

Nelson Lichtenstein's Post-Mortem on the UC Strike and Andrew Bacevich on America’s “Very Long War”

January 4th, 2023


Teaching Assistants and other grad student employees at the University of California won a historic victory in their strike last month. What does that mean for other universities and other union organizing campaigns?

Best of 2022: Elie Mystal on the Constitution, plus Kelly Lytle Hernández on “Bad Mexicans”

December 28th, 2022


For our end-of year show, we are featuring a couple of our favorite book segments from 2022. First, a Black guy’s guide to the Constitution: Elie Mystal explains why “our constitution is not good.” He’s The Nation’s …

UC Strike Settlement? Nelson Lichtenstein; plus Sean Wilentz on Bob Dylan’s Xmas Album

December 21st, 2022


The biggest strike in the country this year, and the biggest in the history of American universities, may be over. After five weeks of picketing and protests, the union representing 48,000 graduate student employees at …

Steve Phillips on Sinema and Nelson Lichtenstein on the U.C. Strike

December 14th, 2022


The Democrats triumphed in Arizona this November, electing the governor and the secretary of state, and reelecting senator Mark Kelly --in what used to be a red state. But then Senator Kyrsten Sinema quit the Democratic …

Joan Walsh on the Georgia runoff and Nelson Lichtenstein on the UC strike

December 7th, 2022


On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Nation correspondent, Joan Walsh, comments on Democratic incumbent, Senator Raphael Warnock beating Herschel Walker in the Georgia runoff, and what that means for the …

Beverly Gage on J. Edgar Hoover, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Originalism

November 30th, 2022


We know a lot about the bad things J. Edgar Hoover did, but it turns out there’s a lot we didn’t know. Historian Beverly Gage joins the podcast to explain. Her new book is “G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover & the Making of the …

The Undocumented Can Work Jobs at the U. of Calif., and Latinas Are Fighting Toxic Pollution

November 23rd, 2022


Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought here by their undocumented parents since 2007 are not eligible for DACA. But now they may be eligible for jobs--at the University of California. UCLA law professor …

Joan Walsh on the Georgia Runoff; Gustavo Arellano on the LA Vote

November 16th, 2022


The Georgia Senate runoff campaign has begun--Joan Walsh has just returned from Atlanta, and explains why Trump’s candidate Herschel Walker seems likely to lose. Also: comment on what happened in Stacey Abrams’ tragic …

The Nation and the Midterms: D.D. Guttenplan, Elie Mystal, Joan Walsh, John Nichols, and Chris Lehmann

November 9th, 2022


The Nation's political writers analyze the good, the bad, and the ugly in the midterms, and find keys to building a winning coalition for 2024.

Stacey Abrams Explains her Work; We Remember Mike Davis

October 26th, 2022


Stacey Abrams, running for governor in Georgia, is behind in the polls of likely voters, which the pollsters define as people who vote regularly, …

Chris Lehmann on Republican Plans for 2023, plus Adam Hochschild on Repression in WWI America

October 19th, 2022


What will Republicans do if they win control of the House in the midterms? Now they’ve said something about that, officially: they call it their …

John Nichols on Democrats and Marijuana, plus Greil Marcus on Bob Dylan

October 12th, 2022


Joe Biden has just made marijuana legalization a campaign issue--the Democrats should run with it, says John Nichols.

Also: Greil Marcus talks about …

Nurses on Strike, plus Women Lawyers who Challenged Trump: Bryce Covert on hospitals, plus Dahlia Litwick on the Courts

October 5th, 2022


Nurses have taken the lead in the wave of this year’s labor activism. The largest private-sector nurses’ strike in American history took place recently in Minnesota – 15,000 nurses walked off the job for three days in …

Can the Democrats hold the Senate? John Nichols; Plus David Nasaw on Ken Burns's "Holocaust"

September 28th, 2022


Can Republicans win control of the Senate? Trump’s candidates are the GOP's biggest problem, starting in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, and …

Bhaskar Sunkara: Bernie in 2024? plus Chris Lehmann on the Brooks Brothers Riot

September 21st, 2022


Should Bernie Sanders run in the Democratic primaries in 2024? President of The Nation, Bhaskar Sunkara says “yes” IF Biden doesn’t. Sanders …

Sarah Posner on the Conservative Takeover of the Southern Baptists, plus Amy Wilentz on Jared

September 14th, 2022


The transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention into a powerful right wing political force developed over the last 50 years. Before 1973, when …

Amy Littlefield on How Abortion Rights Triumphed in Kansas, plus Barbara Ehrenreich Remembered

September 7th, 2022


Remember how Kansas was the first state to vote directly on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe, and how Kansans surprised everyone by voting to keep abortion rights in the constitution, 59%-41%? Amy …

Chris Lehmann on GOP Plans for 2023, Patrick Leahy on Jan. 6

August 31st, 2022


Republicans are making plans if they win control of the House in November--Chris Lehmann reports that their top targets include the NLRB and the …

The Mar-a-Lago Raid and the Democrats, plus ‘Dirty Work’ John Nichols on Trump, and Eyal Press on bad jobs

August 24th, 2022


The Mar-a-Lago raid by the FBI put Donald Trump back at the center of American politics, just before the midterms. Is that good for the …

Abortion Rights Victories in Red States, plus the Crisis in Haiti

August 17th, 2022


Ever since the Supreme Court abolished the constitutional protection for abortion, activists have been fighting in the states -- to protect abortion …

Liz Cheney in the Wyoming Primaries and White Supremacy in Southern California

August 10th, 2022


Liz Cheney is way behind in the polls leading up to next week’s Wyoming primary. John Nichols went to Wyoming to see her in action, and reports that …

Pramila Jayapal, from Banker to Organizer, plus Eric Foner on the Right to Vote

August 3rd, 2022


Pramila Jayapal is head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and represents Seattle in the House. She will explain how, as a young immigrant from India, she went from being an investment banker to a lifelong …

Katha Pollitt on Advice for Men and J. Hoberman on Film in the Age of Reagan

July 27th, 2022


Jordan Peterson’s books of advice for men have sold five million copies – he says men should work hard, be responsible, demand more of themselves—and …

Daniel Squadron on How Trump’s Fake Electors Scheme Could Become Law, plus Amy Wilentz on Ivana

July 20th, 2022


The Supreme Court next term will take up a case that could make Trump’s fake electors scheme the law of the land. Daniel Squadron explains the …

John Nichols on the 'Stop the Steal' rally, plus Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young Lutunatabua on Climate Change

July 13th, 2022


On Tuesday the January 6 committee held yet another dramatic hearing, this one on the origins of the ‘Stop the Steal” rally and the events that provoked that 1:30 am tweet of Trump’s urging supporters to come to …

David Cole on What To Do About the Supreme Court, and Sarah Posner on School Prayer

July 6th, 2022


What is to be done about The Supreme Court? David Cole, national legal director of the ACLU, and legal affairs correspondent for the Nation, has the …

Michele Goodwin on the end of abortion and Anatol Lieven on Ukraine

June 29th, 2022


The end of abortion in 26 states will be deadly for many poor women, especially poor women of color. Law professor Michele Goodwin explains, …

Sarah Posner on White Evangelicals and the Jan. 6 Insurrection, plus Joan Walsh on Sex Ed

June 22nd, 2022


In understanding the January 6 insurrection, much of the focus has been on white nationalist militias like the Proud Boys. But white evangelicals …

John Nichols on January 6 and Peter Dreier on Progressive Prosecutors

June 15th, 2022


The January 6 committee hearings have been powerful and devastating, explains John Nichols

We’re also still thinking about Chesa Boudin's recall in …

John Nichols on Crime and the Democrats, plus Sarah Posner on Sex and the Southern Baptists

June 8th, 2022


The results of Tuesday’s primaries in L.A. and San Francisco, according to the New York Times, were “a stark warning to the Democratic Party about …

Katha Pollitt on How to Protect Abortion Rights and Kelly Lytle Hernandez on “Bad Mexicans”

June 2nd, 2022


The coming repeal of constitutional protection for abortion leaves us with a lot of work to do--to protect and expand abortion rights in the states where it will remain legal, and to help women in states where it will …

John Nichols on Politics in 2024; Amy Wilentz on Reparations for Haiti

May 25th, 2022


The next 6 months will be crucial in determining what happens to American democracy in 2024. Republicans are preparing to challenge the popular vote …

John Nichols on Progressives in the Primaries, plus Lynn Garafola on 'La Nijinska'

May 18th, 2022


Tuesday’s Democratic primaries for the House were flooded with money from pro-Israel groups seeking to defeat progressive candidates. It worked in …

Amy Littlefield on the fight for Abortion Rights, plus Chesa Boudin on Progressive Prosecutors

May 11th, 2022


It’s all up to the states now, where activists are fighting to elect pro-choice candidates and strengthen laws protecting abortion rights, and grassroots groups are preparing an enormous logistics operation to move …

Rebecca Solnit on How People Change and Why We Care; plus Eric Foner on 1776 and 2022

May 4th, 2022


Why did we stop believing that people can change? Don’t we want people who did bad things to understand the damage they caused? Don't we want them to acknowledge it and make reparations? Bestselling author, Rebecca …

David Nasaw on Biden’s disgraceful Ukrainian refugee policy and Katha Pollitt on what abortion opponents are really thinking

April 27th, 2022


Biden’s “new and improved” procedure for admitting Ukrainian refugees to the U.S. is “disgraceful." Historian and Nation contributor, David Nasaw …

Jane McAlevey on Amazon Workers' Next Big Battles and Margo Jefferson on "Constructing a Nervous System"

April 20th, 2022


The Amazon workers on Staten Island have won a historic victory—but now they must prepare to strike, and to win support for their strike from the community power structure. The Nation’s Strikes Correspondent, Jane …

Gustavo Arellano on The Sheriff vs. Black L.A., and Michele Goodwin on Ketanji Brown Jackson

April 13th, 2022


The sheriff of Los Angeles County: he’s got 10,000 deputies, in America’s biggest county, with 10 million people - and he’s become LA’s biggest …

How the Ukraine War Could End: Anatol Lieven; Plus E.J. Dionne & Miles Rapoport: 100% Voting

April 6th, 2022


How could the war in Ukraine end? Anatol Lieven says Russia could gain control of the entire Donbass region and then declare a cease-fire – but if we …

Joan Walsh on Ginni Thomas, and Astra Taylor on Abolishing Student Debt

March 30th, 2022


Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, will be called to testify before the House Committee investigating the January 6 …

Fighting about the Constitution: Fishkin & Forbath, plus P.E. Moskowitz on antidepressants

March 23rd, 2022


The Senate confirmation hearings for Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, have been following a familiar script: opponents look for …

What The Media Should Be Doing During Wartime; plus Hoberman on Comics As Propaganda

March 16th, 2022


Bhaskar Sunkara, the founder of Jacobin, has become President of The Nation. He joins us to talk about what independent media can and should do …

Jamie Raskin: Why It's Been So Hard to Nail Trump; plus Michael Kazin on the Democrats

March 9th, 2022


Jamie Raskin, member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, talks about the committee’s evidence against Trump–and the committee’s future if Republicans prevail in the midterms. He …

Putin’s War: What is to be Done? Katrina vanden Heuvel, plus Elie Mystal on the constitution

March 2nd, 2022


Putin’s indefensible invasion of Ukraine has revived the Cold War, and renewed militarism and nuclear threats. We need Russia to negotiate a …

Canadian Truckers: a Working Class Protest? Jeet Heer, plus Amy Wilentz on Paul Farmer

February 23rd, 2022


Now that Canada's "Freedom Convoy" has come to an end, we're wondering: was this protest really a working-class movement? As Jeet Heer explains on this week's episode, the leadership and funding for the protest came …

Will Trump’s candidates lose in November? John Nichols; Hunter S. Thompson: Peter Richardson

February 16th, 2022


Mitch McConnell thinks Republicans are going to lose the Senate in November if Trump's candidates and issues dominate the election. Is McConnell …

Biden and the Border: Ahilan Arulanantham, plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti

February 9th, 2022


When Biden took office, progressives looked forward to a dramatic transformation of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies—and Biden’s initial moves were …

The Progressives’ Agenda: What’s Left? Ro Khanna, plus Katha Pollitt on Sex

February 2nd, 2022


The Democrats are not doomed to defeat in the midterms, says Ro Khanna. Politics can turn around in the next few months. Khanna represents Silicon …

Our Coronavirus Criminals: John Nichols; plus Eric Foner on Slaveholders in Congress

January 26th, 2022


Donald Trump is responsible for about 100,000 unnecessary deaths from Covid-19 during his presidency, according to scientists at The Lancet. John …

California Dems’ Big Moves on Health Care: Sasha Abramsky; Ellen Schrecker on the ’60s

January 19th, 2022


The paralysis of politics in Congress leads us to turn away from Washington and look at the states: What can the Democrats do when they control a …

Beto Can Win: Steve Phillips; plus Dave Lindorff on Atom Spies

January 12th, 2022


Beto O'Rourke's strategy for winning the governorship of Texas focuses on organizing everywhere to massively boost Democratic voter turnout—the …

Omicron: A Kinder, Gentler Covid? Mike Davis, plus John Nichols on Jan. 6

January 5th, 2022


Is Omicron the kinder and gentler Covid we’ve been waiting for? Less lethal, and more like the flu? Mike Davis comments on the pandemic—and the age of pandemics we are now living in.

Also: On the first anniversary of the …

Remembering Rennie Davis, Remembering Joan Didion

December 29th, 2021


For our last podcast of 2021, we want to remember two people who died in the past year, and listen again to our interviews with them. Rennie Davis was probably the New Left’s most talented organizer, best known for the …

Ivanka, Jared, Don Junior, & Eric on Jan. 6: Amy Wilentz on the Insurrection, plus Tom Lutz

December 22nd, 2021


Revelations about the January 6 insurrection include striking new information about the Trump kids that day: Who did what, and also who didn’t do anything. Amy Wilentz reports.

Also: A report from Kwajalein, one of the …

Why Trump Won’t Be the Candidate in 2024: David Cay Johnston; Foner & Gates on DuBois

December 15th, 2021


Trump is going to be indicted for racketeering and fraud, because of his financial crimes, and that will prevent him from being the Republican candidate: that’s what David Cay Johnston says—he’s an award-winning …

U.S. vs. China vs. Climate Change: Alfred McCoy, plus Kristina Wong on Mutual Aid

December 8th, 2021


How will global warming change the world’s systems of power? Alfred McCoy argues that American global hegemony will end around 2030, replaced by China as world leader, but Chinese hegemony will last only for about 20 …

Omicron and Inequality: Gregg Gonsalves; plus Gary Younge on Josephine Baker

December 1st, 2021


The new Omicron variant of Covid-19: Gregg Gonsalves argues that it serves as a reminder of how little we're doing on pandemic prevention. We need government action to address the inequalities in power, resources, and …

White Vigilantes and Black Protest: John Nichols on Kyle Rittenhouse; Eric Foner on Housing

November 23rd, 2021


We’re still thinking about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha, where Republicans have been celebrating the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of …

Why Republicans Want to Ban the 1619 Project: Martha Jones, plus Gregory Boyle on gangs

November 17th, 2021


Republicans continue to work to ban teaching about Black Americans’ place in our history – their legislation, proposed in 27 states, would prohibit …

Trump Will be a Lousy Candidate in 2024: John Nichols, plus Rebecca Solnit on George Orwell

November 10th, 2021


The Democrats need to do big things fast if they want to have a chance of winning in 2022 and 2024. John Nichols says that Trump will be a “lousy …

Cancel Bail Debt, Abolish Student Debt: Astra Taylor; plus Adam Shatz on John Coltrane

November 3rd, 2021


The Debt Collective has a new project: Cancelling probation debt of formerly incarcerated people. They’re actually doing it, for tens of thousands of …

The Politics of Kidnapping in Haiti: Amy Wilentz; plus Dave Zirin on ‘The Kaepernick Effect”

October 27th, 2021


Who really runs Haiti—the government, or the gangs? The kidnappings suggest it’s the gangs – and the leader of the gang that kidnapped 16 Americans …

How Dems Can Turn Texas Blue John Nichols on politics, plus Adam Shatz on Richard Wright

October 20th, 2021


A recent poll found that only 42 per cent of registered voters in Texas say Republican Governor Gregg Abbott deserves to be re-elected in 2022. Biden …

Winning in 2022: John Nichols, plus Melina Abdullah on the LAPD and Ray Suarez on “Going for Broke”

October 13th, 2021


Some pundits say the only way Democrats can hold the House and Senate in 2022 is by appealing to swing voters in Republican states by talking about …

America’s Lunatics: Katha Pollitt; plus John Powers on Percival Everett’s Emmett Till novel

October 6th, 2021


Are we a nation of lunatics? Katha Pollitt has been thinking about that—about the millions of people who say that Satan-worshipping pedophiles …

Controlling the Police: What is to be Done? Erwin Chemerinsky, plus Eyal Press on Dirty Work

September 29th, 2021

Many proposals to reform the police were made after the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer the largest protest movement in American history. …

Biden’s Disastrous Deportation of Haitians: Amy Wilentz; plus Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce on Occupy Wall Street

September 22nd, 2021

Joe Biden is deporting 15,000 Haitian refugees who crossed the border at Del Rio, Texas, to a country ravaged by assassination, earthquake, poverty, …

How Mosques Became FBI Targets after 9-11: Ahilan Arulanantham on State Secrets, plus Amy Wilentz on ‘The Chair”

September 15th, 2021

We’re still thinking about the 20th anniversary of 9/11. After the attacks that day, Muslim Americans endured years of racism and discrimination, oftentimes at the hands of the state itself.The fight against government …

Abortion Politics and Republican Power: Rick Perlstein, plus Eric Foner on Tulsa

September 8th, 2021

In Texas, the Republicans are empowering vigilantes to go after people helping women who seek abortions, turning the state’s citizens as bounty hunters. Rick Perlstein explains the long history of how the GOP adopted …

Long-term political cost of the Afghan pullout? Not much: John Nichols on Biden, plus Adam Shatz on a Black American in Paris

September 1st, 2021

America’s longest war came to an end on Monday as the last troops left Afghanistan, 20 years after we started fighting there. How much have the …

What America Owes Afghan Women: Katha Pollitt, plus Eric Foner on Black politics and history

August 25th, 2021

Katha Pollitt reports on Afghan womens’ organizations and what their leaders are saying about support from Americans—starting with the Afghan Women’s …

The Taliban Triumph: Andrew Bacevich, plus John Powers on Dick Gregory

August 18th, 2021

Over almost 20 years in Afghanistan, the US lost 2,400 troops and personnel. Another 21,000 Americans have been wounded. The mission cost more than a …

Trump: the Big Loser on the Infrastructure Bill—Joan Walsh, plus Anne Sebba on Ethel Rosenberg

August 11th, 2021

19 Republican Senators voted in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Tuesday, after Trump demanded they vote “no.” It took significant concessions by Democrats to win their support for the bill—was that a good …

The Dems’ miserable concessions on infrastructure: John Nichols, plus Art Spiegelman on ‘Street Cop’

August 4th, 2021

We said it couldn’t be done: a bipartisan bill getting through Congress. Now, however, it looks like the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will get the …

The Delta Variant: What Joe Biden Needs to Do Now--Gregg Gonsalves on the Pandemic, plus John Powers on ‘Summer of Soul’

July 28th, 2021

Joe Biden needs to do a lot more to stop the global spread of the covid virus and its Delta variant—and to prepare the world for the next pandemics. Gregg Gonsalves explains three key actions that are necessary right …

Bernie's Big Deal: John Nichols on the budget, plus Francine Prose on Ethel Rosenberg

July 21st, 2021

Bernie Sanders recently spoke with our John Nichols about the importance of doing big things in politics--and now Senate Democrats have agreed on a …

Rethinking global security: Katrina vanden Heuvel; plus Amy Wilentz on Haiti

July 14th, 2021

World politics after the Biden-Putin Summit: Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that we need to rethink what real security means, and that it can't mean a …

Why We Need the Utopian Imagination: Jeet Heer; plus George Sanchez on LA’s Boyle Heights

July 7th, 2021

"Utopian" has been a term of abuse in politics for a long time now, synonymous with “irrational” and “impossible.” Instead, we are told, we should …

The Attack on “Critical Race Theory”: Kimberlé Crenshaw; Plus David Talbot and Margaret Talbot on the Sixties

June 30th, 2021


“Critical Race Theory” has been attacked on Fox News nearly 1300 times.  It’s being banned from public schools and colleges in something like 15 …

It's Time to Mobilize for Voting Rights: John Nichols; plus David Kipen on a new Federal Writers Project

June 23rd, 2021

Voting rights suffered a defeat in the Senate this week, but really it's just the latest battle in a continuing struggle—and if anything, it clarifies the real problem: the filibuster must go, at least for voting rights …

It’s Not Just Joe Manchin: Joan Walsh on ‘Moderate’ Democrats, plus Kai Bird on Jimmy Carter

June 16th, 2021

Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are not the only Democrats opposed to filibuster reform—Dianne Feinstein says she won’t vote for it, either. And there are more Democrats in the Senate staying the same thing. But without …

What Does Joe Manchin Want? John Nichols on Filibuster Reform, plus Amy Wilentz on Israeli Politics

June 9th, 2021

Republicans are not just making it harder to vote—they’re making it easier for judges and state legislatures to reverse the results of elections they …

White Politics and Black History in Tulsa: David Perry on the Tulsa Race Massacre Commemoration, plus Katha Pollitt on Advice for Men

June 2nd, 2021

Joe Biden went to Tulsa on Tuesday to commemorate the fact that, one hundred years ago this week, in 1921, a white mob attacked an all-Black …

Democrats, Israel, and Palestine: John Nichols, plus Robin D.G. Kelley on "Exterminate All the Brutes"

May 26th, 2021

While Joe Biden has pledged an “ironclad commitment to Israel's security," many Democrats in Congress, and outside of Congress, have been moving away from unquestioning support for Israel since the Israeli attacks on …

Palestinians' "Second Front': Saree Makdisi, plus Eric Foner on "The Underground Railroad"

May 19th, 2021

Palestinians and Israel: Saree Makdisi talks about what Netanyahu has called “the second front”: Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are increasingly subject to attack by right-wing Jewish mobs, and who are increasingly …

Palestinian Lives--and Deaths: Rachel Kushner on refugees and Adam Shatz on Edward Said

May 12th, 2021

Conflict between Israel and Palestine has been escalating this week.  For this podcast we have two segments about Palestinians; neither is about the current crisis, which changes daily. Rachel Kushner visited a …

Rapists, Misogynists, Creeps, and their Books: Katha Pollitt on Blake Bailey, plus Louis Menand on Cold War Culture

May 5th, 2021

Blake Bailey’s new book about Philip Roth was taken out of print by the publisher after Bailey was accused of rape and attempted rape and “grooming” his teenage students for sex with him when they reached 18. Nation

Senator Mazie Hirono: Reform the Filibuster—and the Supreme Court; plus Tim Schwab on Bill Gates and Katha Pollitt on Dr. Seuss

April 28th, 2021

Mazie Hirono, Senator from Hawaii: She’s the only immigrant currently serving in the Senate, and she was the first Asian American woman elected to that office, starting in 2013. She talks about the need for filibuster …

The Chauvin Verdicts and the Movement That Made Them Possible: Jody Armour on Minneapolis, plus Mark Hertsgaard on Earth Day

April 21st, 2021

Guilty, guilty, guilty! The verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis made history—and came only after millions of people took to the …

Organizing at Amazon: What Went Wrong? Jane McAlevey, plus Amy Wilentz on Hunter Biden

April 14th, 2021

The union organizing campaign at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, was defeated by a vote of 1798 against and 738 in favor. Jane …

The Fight Against Voter Suppression: Dale Ho on Georgia, plus Karen Greenberg on Ending our Forever Wars

April 7th, 2021

There’s one political prediction that always comes true: record turnout in one election will be followed by a tidal wave of voter suppression efforts …

The Covid Vaccines: Big Pharma Profits while the Global South Waits--Gregg Gonsalves on the Pandemic, plus John Nichols on Ron Johnson

March 24th, 2021

The arrival of multiple vaccines against Covid-19 in less than a year after the virus’s emergence is sort of a miracle—but there’s nothing miraculous …

How the Democrats can Win in Ohio: Steve Phillips; plus Carol Sobel on Black Lives Matter vs. the LAPD

March 17th, 2021


One of the senate seats being abandoned by a Republican incumbent is in Ohio.  Can Democrats win that seat?  It’s going to be hard.  Unlike North …

Mike Davis: ‘Beware the light at the end of the covid tunnel’; plus Amy Wilentz on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’

March 10th, 2021


It’s been almost exactly a year since the covid lockdown began – 220 million Americans have died of Covid-19, and now 90 million Americans have …

Parents in Prison: Chesa Boudin, plus Amy Wilentz on Protest in Haiti

March 3rd, 2021

Chesa Boudin, the recently elected district attorney of San Francisco, talks about prisoners as parents—he grew up with parents in prison (David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin), and wrote about it for The Nation.


The Trumpers Among Us: Katha Pollitt; plus Eric Foner on Will Smith’s series on the 14th Amendment

February 24th, 2021

What are we going to do about the 74 million people who voted for Trump? Katha Pollitt has been thinking about that—and about proposals that we …

Republicans After Trump: Rick Perlstein on the future of the GOP, plus Alan Minsky on what a true economic recovery should look like

February 17th, 2021

The Republicans after the second impeachment: As Mitch McConnell takes the lead in trying to purge Trump from the party, how divided are they? And …

Prosecute the Insurrectionists—All of Them: Elie Mystal on Storming the Capitol, plus Gary Younge on Obama; and We Remember Rennie Davis

February 3rd, 2021

Eight hundred people stormed the Capitol building on January 6, but fewer than 200 have been charged with crimes. Why so few? Elie Mystal, The Nation

Joe Biden vs. Covid-19, Week One: Gregg Gonsalves on the Pandemic, plus John Nichols on Biden’s first week

January 27th, 2021


The national death toll from covid-19 will reach half a million next month, and new strains of the virus are threatening.  Joe Biden has called for …

Joe Biden and Us: Joan Walsh; plus Barbara Ransby on Biden and Black America and Gary Younge on Storming the Capitol

January 20th, 2021

Biden’s inauguration marked a triumph of hope over fear, says Joan Walsh. First we celebrate, and then we go to work debating what is possible and what is necessary—all the things that real people really need. The next …

Trump’s Crime: Incitement of Insurrection—John Nichols on impeachment, plus Astra Taylor on debt and Robert Lipsyte on Trump and golf

January 13th, 2021

As the House moves to impeach Trump—a second time—for “incitement of insurrection,” Republican support for Trump is wavering. John Nichols comments …

The Trump Mob that Stormed the Capitol: Joan Walsh and Eric Foner

January 7th, 2021

Wednesday was one of the worst days in the history of American democracy—Joan Walsh comments on the Trump mob that stormed the capitol, the capitol …

Vaccine Priorities: Politics and Ethics. Gregg Gonsalves on Covid-19, plus John Nichols on politics in 2020

December 30th, 2020

Vaccine priorities: political and ethical questions about who comes first, after health care workers. Gregg Gonsalves considers the arguments—the …

White Voters in 2020—and Everybody Else: Joan Walsh on Politics, plus Amy Wilentz on the Trump Kids

December 23rd, 2020

A year, and a decade, of political challenges: Joan Walsh reviews the fall and rise of Kamala Harris, the return of Joe Biden, and the deepening …

From Obama to Trump: Eric Foner; plus John Powers on John le Carré

December 16th, 2020

Obama’s memoir of his political rise and his first two years in office, A Promised Land, reminds us of a time when Donald Trump barely existed on our …

Mike Davis: We Need a Commission to Investigate Trump’s Covid Response; plus Amy Wilentz on pardons for the Trump kids

December 9th, 2020

This week, as the UK began vaccinating people against Covid 19, we consider proposals here in the US to establish a coronavirus commission, empowered to investigate the many failures in the fight against the virus: Mike …

How the Dems Can Win in Georgia: Joan Walsh on politics, plus David Cole on the Supreme Court and reapportionment

December 2nd, 2020

Georgia is the center of the political universe right now. On January 5, Georgia votes for two senators, a runoff election that will determine which …

Stacey Abrams: The Fight for Georgia; plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric—and Lara

November 25th, 2020

All eyes are on Georgia now, as the campaigns for both senate seats are underway to determine which party will control the US Senate. For Democrats, …

The Covid-19 vaccine: Why does Moderna get to keep all the profits? Gregg Gonsalves on virus politics, plus J. Hoberman on ‘The Chicago 7’

November 18th, 2020

Monday we had good news on a Covid vaccine from Moderna, created with a billion dollars of taxpayer funding. Gregg Gonsalves takes up the question, …

Mike Davis: Biden's Big Mistake; plus Jody Armour: Electoral Victories of Black Lives Matter

November 11th, 2020

Mike Davis on the Trump voters: Latinos in south Texas and white workers in the rust belt—and Biden’s big mistake: allowing Trump to claim "the …

Biden's Successes—and Trump’s: John Nichols and Joan Walsh

November 4th, 2020

John Nichols says Joe Biden seems to be headed for a historic win. On Wednesday afternoon he already had more than 70 million votes—the largest …

The Politics of White Men, from Obama to Trump: Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren, plus Sherrod Brown on voting and Eric Foner on disputed elections

October 28th, 2020

Melissa Harris-Perry and Dorian Warren talk about the changing voter turnout among white men and people of color over the last three presidential …

Can ‘herd immunity’ lead to ‘re-opening America’? Gregg Gonsalves on Covid-19, plus Allissa Richardson on Black Cell-Phone Videos

October 14th, 2020

A group of scientists are calling it “The Great Barrington declaration”—a strategy to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic by age-targeted reopening. The …

Trump Gets the Best Medical Care While Working to End Healthcare for Tens of Millions: Amy Wilentz on Covid-19, plus Ari Berman on Voting Rights

October 7th, 2020

When Trump left Walter Reed hospital, he tweeted “don’t be afraid of Covid-19.” Amy Wilentz disagrees, and argues that, while the president got the …

That Terrible Debate: John Nichols, plus Katha Pollitt on Melania

September 30th, 2020

Biden debated Trump on Tuesday night—John Nichols has our analysis, and suggests that it may be the Republicans who pull out of the remaining …

Expand the Court! Elie Mystal on Court Packing, plus Sonia Shah on Climate Disasters

September 23rd, 2020

We need at last two more justices on the Supreme Court—and more would be better—as many as ten more. Elie Mystal explains—he’s the magazine’s justice …

Trump Needs Wisconsin to Win, but Biden Is Ahead: John Nichols With Good News from a Swing State, plus David Nasaw on Refugees

September 16th, 2020

Voting by mail in Wisconsin will not be thrown into chaos by the state supreme court—John Nichols reports on a state Trump needs to win, where Biden …

Chris Hayes: The Catastrophe of Trump; plus Joan Walsh: Politics on TV in 1968

September 9th, 2020

We are in “one of the most perilous and fraught moments for American democracy since the mid-nineteenth century,” says Chris Hayes; what’s hopeful is …

Trump in Kenosha: John Nichols; Black Lives Matter in Europe: Gary Younge

September 2nd, 2020

Trump’s visit to Kenosha on Tuesday was part of a backlash strategy, with right wing militias and their allies encouraged to provoke violence with …

Rick Perlstein: The Republicans from Reagan to Trump: plus Pramila Jayapal: From Investment Banker to Community Organizer

August 26th, 2020

Rick Perlstein talks about the rise of Reagan, from what seemed like a career-ending defeat in the 1976 GOP primary, to his narrow victory in the …

When the LAPD came looking for a BLM activist: Melina Abdullah, plus Katie Porter on Voting by Mail and Jody Armour on Unequal Justice

August 19th, 2020

A Black Lives Matter leader in LA confronts the LAPD—outside her house. Melina Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles; she’s also …

Fighting for Vote By Mail: Pramila Jayapal; plus Tom Frank on Trump, Biden, and ‘Populism’

August 12th, 2020

When Attorney General Bill Barr told the House Judiciary Committee recently that voting by mail on a large scale presented a “high risk” for “massive …

Trump's Dangerous Push for a Vaccine by October: Gregg Gonsalves, plus David Cole on the Police

August 5th, 2020

Trump is rushing to develop a vaccine, and declare victory over Covid-19 just before the November election – whether or not the current research, “Operation Warp Speed,” has succeeded.  Gregg Gonsalves explains the …

This Is Disaster Relief Under Corporate Power: David Dayen, plus Amy Wilentz on Mary Trump

July 29th, 2020

Senate Republicans introduced their new trillion-dollar economic stimulus bill, which they call “The HEALS Act.” It’s woefully inadequate, says David …

Naomi Klein: Pandemic Capitalism and the Black Lives Matter Protests; plus Zoe Carpenter on Portland and Ivy Meeropol on Roy Cohn

July 22nd, 2020


The pandemic has slowed the speed of life under capitalism, Naomi Klein suggests in her recent conversation with Katrina vanden Heuvel—and that has …

Mike Davis: The Problem with Dr. Fauci; plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, and Debbie Nathan on Sandra Bland

July 8th, 2020

Mike Davis argues that, while Dr. Anthony Fauci has been handed a golden opportunity to speak truth to power, America’s most respected doctor …

Defund—and Disarm—the Police: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, D.D. Guttenplan, and Zoë Carpenter

July 1st, 2020

Defunding the police and re-imagining public safety—in Los Angeles—starts with the LAPD, but includes the sheriffs, the school police, and the UCLA …

How Racism Works in a Liberal Democratic City: Michele Goodwin, plus Mia Birdsong on abolishing the police

June 24th, 2020

Michele Goodwin talks about her experiences of racism in daily life in Minneapolis—before she became Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University …

The Protests, the Police, and Juneteenth: Robin Kelley, plus Dahlia Lithwick on Trump

June 17th, 2020

Juneteenth, a day of celebration and reflection for African Americans, is particularly significant in this season of protest and demands for change …

The Police vs. the People: Jody Armour, plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka and that Bible

June 10th, 2020

Democrats in Congress have introduced legislation to reform police practices nationwide and hold bad cops responsible—while LA has spent decades …

America in Revolt: Elie Mystal, plus John Nichols with Keith Ellison

June 3rd, 2020

Across America, protests against police violence are met with more police violence.  Elie Mystal talks about the failure of Democratic mayors in deep …

Thinking Big about politics and the virus: Mike Davis, plus Christopher Shay on the crisis, and Amy Wilentz on Jared and Ivanka

May 27th, 2020

It’s time to think big about the coronavirus crisis and the 40 million workers who have lost their jobs—while the rest struggle to hold on to what …

Does the Evidence Support Joe Biden, or Tara Reade? Katha Pollitt; plus John Powers on TV during the pandemic

May 20th, 2020

Did Joe Biden sexually assault Tara Reade in 1993?  Katha Pollitt examines the evidence—and concludes that it supports Biden’s denial.  Especially …

The fight for universal vote-by-mail: David Cole, plus Katha Pollitt on right-wing women

May 13th, 2020

Universal vote-by-mail: it’s obviously necessary for our Nov. 3 election, but Trump, of course, is against it.  He said that if we were to adopt voting by mail, “you’d never have another Republican elected in this …

Fighting for the Soul of the Democratic Party: John Nichols, plus Amy Wilentz on Jared and Ivanka

May 6th, 2020

Before Bernie and AOC, before Jesse Jackson and George McGovern, there was Henry Wallace, FDR’s vice president, who fought for the soul of the …

Mike Davis: Back to Work in the Covid-19 Economy? Plus John Powers on Virus Time TV

April 29th, 2020

Minnesota’s back-to-work plan is a lot better than Georgia’s, Mike Davis says – it requires employers to provide PPE and bans face-to-face activity—i.e. the restaurants, shopping malls, and tattoo parlors that Georgia …

Joseph Stiglitz: What Workers Need Right Now; plus Katrina Vanden Heuvel on Solidarity

April 22nd, 2020

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says the US has “one of the poorest systems of unemployment insurance in the world”—and that our number …

Mike Davis: Is Coronavirus Ushering in a New World Order? plus Barbara Ehrenreich on low-wage work

April 15th, 2020

Mike Davis talks about the fragmentation of Europe, the marginalization of the WHO, the danger to Africa, and whether China will emerge less powerful …

What the Pentagon Knew about the Coronavirus—in 2017: Ken Klippenstein, plus Amy Wilentz on Jared and Laila Lalami on “The Other Americans”

April 8th, 2020

The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming.  The Pentagon warned the White House about a shortage of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds in 2017, according to a document obtained by Ken …

Mike Davis: The Coronavirus--Politics vs. Science; plus Rebecca Solnit on Becoming a Feminist

April 1st, 2020

Mike Davis talks about who gets forgotten in a pandemic—and about the political, and economic, obstacles to making faster progress on effective …

E.J. Dionne: The Coronavirus and the election; plus Melina Abdullah on Black Lives Matter and Katha Pollitt on "Contagion"

March 25th, 2020

What’s our strategy for beating Trump in November?  Is the Coronavirus making that easier, or harder?  E.J. Dionne analyzes the effect of the virus …

Paul Krugman: The Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis; plus John Nichols on elections and Amy Wilentz on the Kushners and the Coronavirus

March 18th, 2020

Paul Krugman, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winning economist, says we don’t have an easy way of responding to the economic threats …

Bernie's Next Steps: John Nichols; plus Steve Phillips on Big Data and Adam Hochschild on a Forgotten Radical

March 11th, 2020

Despite Bernie's big losses in Michigan and elsewhere on Tuesday, he's staying in the race to challenge Biden on the issues which Democratic voters …

Super Tuesday: The Earthquake--John Nichols and Joan Walsh, plus D.D. Guttenplan with The Nation's Endorsement of Bernie Sanders

March 4th, 2020

John Nichols analyzes the bad night for Bernie--and the tasks that remain if Biden is going to be defeated in the primaries.
Plus: Joan Walsh covered …

Nominating Bloomberg Would Destroy the Democratic Party: Jeet Heer on politics, plus Rick Perlstein on Bernie and Robert Edelman on Sports

February 26th, 2020

Bloomberg can’t win the primaries, but he might try to get the nomination if Bernie doesn’t go to the convention with a majority of delegates.  Jeet …

Elizabeth Warren: Unity Candidate? Joan Walsh, plus Bob Borosage on Bernie and John Sayles on 'Yellow Earth'

February 19th, 2020

Pundits have declared that Elizabeth Warren is finished, but we’re not so sure. Joan Walsh points out that, while Warren came in third in Iowa and …

After New Hampshire: John Nichols on politics, plus Jane Kleeb on rural America and Amy Wilentz on Don Jr.

February 12th, 2020

New Hampshire’s primary has reshaped the Democratic race: Progressives are coalescing around Bernie, and moderates are abandoning Biden in favor of …

Meltdown in Iowa: Winners and Losers—John Nichols on Politics, Rick Hasen on Elections, plus John Powers on the Oscars

February 4th, 2020

The problem in reporting the results in Iowa isn’t just a delay; it’s a disaster—that’s what John Nichols says—for the Democrats, and especially for …

Defending Trump Now—and Losing the Senate in November: Joan Walsh on Impeachment Politics, plus Robert Lipsyte on the Superbowl and Morley Musick on the Border Patrol

January 29th, 2020

Republican Senators in swing states are falling in their approval ratings back home as the Senate impeachment trial unfolds.  In Maine, Arizona, …

Impeachment Has Already Succeeded: John Nichols, plus Andrew Bacevich on the End of the Cold War and Michael Klare on Climate

January 22nd, 2020

51 per cent of Americans now think Trump should be removed from office, according to the new CNN poll (and 45 per cent think he shouldn’t).  That, …

Hunger and Hope in Haiti: Amy Wilentz, plus Mia Birdsong on poverty and Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin on socialism

January 15th, 2020

It’s been ten years since Haiti was devastated by the earthquake that killed more than a hundred thousand people.  Amy Wilentz, who has been reporting on Haiti for three decades, returned to the island and found the …

The Failure of Trump’s Iran Strike: Andrew Bacevich, plus Henry Louis Gates on American slavery and Jelani Cobb on Joe McCarthy

January 8th, 2020

Trump’s Iran strike continues a long, failed history of American actions based on the idea that the U.S. military can shape the mideast in accord with our wishes.  That’s what Andrew Bacevich argues—his new book is The …

Trump Will Lose in 2020: Stan Greenberg, plus Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal and J. Hoberman on Reagan and the Movies

December 31st, 2019

The 2020 election will liberate us from Donald Trump and Republican hegemony. A sweeping Democratic victory will make it possible at last for us to address our most serious problems—because 2020 will bring the death of …

Socialism is on the Agenda for 2020: Katrina vanden Heuvel, plus Kathleen Belew on White Nationalism and Rick Perlstein on Impeachment

December 24th, 2019

Capitalism is broken – that's why socialism is on the agenda for 2020.  Katrina vanden Heuvel explains - she's publisher and editorial director of The Nation.
We also look back at some of the big events of 2019, and …

Does Boris Johnson’s victory in the UK mean Trump will win in the US? D.D. Guttenplan, plus John Nichols with the Progressive Honor Roll and Arundati Roy on India

December 18th, 2019


The British Labour Party suffered a historic defeat last week—working class people who voted Labour their entire lives have now switched sides.  Centrists in the Democratic Party say this means that the socialist …

Progressives and White Working-Class Voters: Joshua Holland, plus Katha Pollitt on Fetal Personhood and Ruth Marcus on Brett Kavanaugh

December 11th, 2019

Some analysts criticize progressives who urge Democrats to focus on turning out their core base—people of color, unmarried women, and younger …

How the Dems Can Win in 2020: Lessons of the Virginia Victories--Joan Walsh, plus Jeet Heer on Trump and War Crimes and Bryce Covert on Strikes

December 4th, 2019

Democrats need to learn the lessons of their historic victory last month, when Virginia became the first Southern state in the …

‘It Can’t All Be Bernie’: The Candidate with John Nichols, plus Adam Hochschild on deportation and John Powers on “The Irishman”

November 27th, 2019

Bernie Sanders says it will take a movement to change America: “It can’t all be Bernie.”  John Nichols comments on his interview with the candidate, …

Gail Collins: Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the Complicated Story of Women and Aging in America; plus Rick Perlstein on Impeachment and Eric Foner on The 1619 Project

November 20th, 2019

The adventures of older women in America: Ruth Bader Ginsburg for example is 86,and Nancy Pelosi just turned 80. But where are the prominent …

Sherrod Brown: How to Beat Trump; plus D.D. Guttenplan on Joe Biden and Thom Hartmann on the Supreme Court

November 13th, 2019

Sherrod Brown, the senior senator from Ohio, was re-elected in 2018. He won by 7 points—in a state Hillary Clinton had lost—by 8 points—just 2 years earlier. What are the lessons for 2020? “You need to talk to workers,” …

The Election, One Year Away: John Nichols on the Polls, plus Paul Adler on Socialism and John Powers on John Le Carré

November 6th, 2019

Where do we stand one year out from the election? The best polls this week show Trump losing the popular vote by around 15 points—but also show that …

Joe Biden’s Zombie Campaign: Jeet Heer on Moderate Dems, plus Elie Mystal on Senate Republicans and Amy Wilentz on Haiti

October 30th, 2019


Joe Biden may be the frontrunner, but he’s slipping, and it seems doubtful that he will get better at this.  Big donors are pulling away from him.  …

How TV Made Trump: Tom Carson, plus David Perry on Ilhan Omar and Pico Iyer on Japan

October 23rd, 2019


We all know Trump got famous on TV with The Apprentice – but how many of us ever watched The Apprentice?  Reality TV was a key force in making Trump president.  Tom Carson talks about “Audience of One” by James …

The Deepening Desperation of Donald Trump: Sasha Abramsky on the President, plus Corey Robin on Clarence Thomas and Katha Pollitt on Abortion

October 16th, 2019

Trump’s increasingly reckless efforts at intimidation reveal the increasingly desperate situation he has created for himself, where even Fox News has become an inconsistent and unreliable defender of his actions.  Sasha …

The new Supreme Court term will be worse than the last one—a lot worse: Elie Mystal, plus Amy Wilentz on Ivanka and Jeet Heer on impeachment

October 9th, 2019

The Supreme Court term began its fall term this week--and even though Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed at the start of last year’s court term, this year the Supremes’ decisions will be worse – a lot worse.  Elie Mystal …

Republicans and Impeachment: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly--Joan Walsh, plus Andrew Bacevich on Afghanistan and Azadeh Moaveni on ISIS Women

October 2nd, 2019

The big question about impeachment is not the House -- there now seem to be enough votes there to pass at least one article of impeachment--the big question is about the Senate and whether some Republicans will abandon …

Impeachment at Last: Jeet Heer on Trump, plus Eric Foner on voting rights and Jane McElevey on the UAW strike

September 25th, 2019

Trump finally went too far, even for Nancy Pelosi: he used money appropriated by Congress for foreign aid to pressure the president of Ukraine to …

2020 will Bring a Historic Defeat for the Republicans: Stan Greenberg on the Election, plus D.D. Guttenplan on Edward Snowden and Sasha Abramsky on Trump

September 18th, 2019

The 2020 election will liberate us from Donald Trump and Republican hegemony.  A sweeping Democratic victory will make it possible at last for us to address our most serious problems. That’s what Stan Greenberg says – …

Why Doesn’t the GOP Resist Trump the Way Tories Resist Boris Johnson? D.D. Guttenplan on Britian and America, plus Katha Pollitt on Trump and John Nichols on Republican Resignations

September 11th, 2019

Last week Tory rebels in parliament staged a dramatic insurrection against their own Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, blocking his plans for a “no-deal Brexit.”  But virtually no Republicans in Congress have resisted …

Why the Koch Brothers Don’t Support Trump: Christopher Leonard on “Kochland,” plus Joan Walsh on Indivisible

September 4th, 2019

How the Koch brothers transformed an obscure oil company based in Wichita into a $110 billion colossus, and reshaped the Republican Party—but failed …

The White Power Movement after El Paso: Kathleen Belew on domestic terrorism, plus Davis Maraniss on HUAC

August 28th, 2019


We’re still thinking about the terrorist attack in El Paso, where 22 people were killed at a Walmart and two dozen more were injured.  Like almost all of these attacks, the El Paso killings have been treated as an …

Trump’s Terrible Poll Numbers: Jeet Heer on the campaign, plus J. Hoberman on Reagan and the movies

August 21st, 2019

The latest polls—including the highly respected Fox poll—show Trump in terrible shape at this point: Among registered voters he trails Biden 50-38, …

Bernie or Bust? Harold Meyerson on DSA, plus Katha Pollitt on Jeffrey Epstein and John Nichols on White Nationalism

August 14th, 2019

If Bernie does NOT get the nomination, the Democratic Socialists of America will not endorse the Democrat who does.  “Bernie or Bust” was what they …

America After El Paso: Joan Walsh on Trump, plus Katha Pollitt on Protest and D.D. Guttenplan on the Green New Deal

August 7th, 2019

After Trump’s tweets about the El Paso killings, Beto’s response was the one of the best: “He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and …

Trump’s Escalating Racism: A Sign of Political Desperation? Harold Meyerson, plus Jeet Heer on Al Franken and Paul Krassner remembered

July 31st, 2019

Are Trump’s recent racist tweets part of a political strategy, or an uncontrollable personal impulse?  Harold Meyerson comments – and also proposes …

Is Trump Crazy? Would Pence be Worse? Amy Wilentz & Jane Mayer, plus EJ Dionne: America After Trump

July 24th, 2019

Amy Wilentz comments on the mental and emotional status of the president, as analyzed by 27 psychiatrists in ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,’ a book edited by Bandy X. Lee. The book was number four on the New York …

Democracy Is Not Well: Astra Taylor, plus Katha Pollitt on Travel to Mars

July 17th, 2019


Democracy is not doing well these days – we have Trump, and Brexit, and a host of other examples.  Astra Taylor has been thinking about that: she …

Joy-Ann Reid: How Trump Happened; plus Amy Wilentz on Jared’s Mid-East Peace Plan

July 10th, 2019


Racial anxiety was more important than economic anxiety in motivating Trump’s voters, Joy Reid of MSNBC argues.  A key factor in Trump’s victory was nostalgia for a white, Christian America where men were still in …

Joe Biden has No Place to Go Except Down: Robert Borosage on politics, plus Martin Duberman on the lost world of gay liberation

July 3rd, 2019

It’s an extraordinary victory: the first round of Democratic debates shows that all the major candidates are working within a progressive framework.  Robert Borosage says Bernie gets the credit—and that, although Biden …

Elizabeth Warren’s American Story: Joan Walsh on the senator, plus Jeet Heer on Joe Biden and Andrew Bacevich on Mideast Wars

June 26th, 2019

Campaigning in Iowa, Elizabeth Warren has made her story an American story, Joan Walsh says, and thereby found a good way to connect her policy …

Elizabeth Warren is Leading in the Ideas Primary: Katrina vanden Heuvel, plus John Nichols on Bernie and Socialism and Sasha Abramsky on Florida

June 19th, 2019

Elizabeth Warren may be running third in the Democratic polls, after Biden and Bernie, but she seems to be the clear leader in what we call “the …

Trump or Brexit: Which is Worse? DD Guttenplan on politics, plus John Nichols with Rashida Tlaib and Katha Pollitt on abortion and men

June 12th, 2019

For most Americans, the question “Which is worse: Trump or Brexit?” has an easy answer: of course it’s Trump!  But D. D. Guttenplan, The Nation’s new Editor, says it’s more complicated than that: for starters, Americans …

The Missing Candidate in California: Joe Biden--David Dayen on the Primaries, plus Bruce Shapiro on Assange and Ezra Levin on the Indivisible Pledge

June 5th, 2019

Joe Biden was the only leading Democratic candidate who did NOT come to the California state Democratic convention last weekend in San Francisco – David Dayen reports on the biggest of the Super Tuesday primaries; he’s …

Daniel Ellsberg: Espionage and Julian Assange; plus Robert Pollin on Medicare for All and Alyssa Battistoni on Climate Politics

May 29th, 2019

The indictment of Julian Assange on espionage charges is an attack on freedom of the press—that’s what Daniel Ellsberg argues.  Ellsberg too was …

The New York Times vs. Bernie: Amy Wilentz on media bias, plus John Nichols on Ilhan Omar and Karen Greenberg on government secrecy

May 22nd, 2019

Bernie is back on Page One of the New York Times, but their report last weekend was not about his new plan to save public schools–the most …

What Joe Biden Has In Common with Donald Trump: Harold Meyerson, plus Michael Ames on Bowe Bergdahl and Laila Lalami on ‘The Other Americans’

May 15th, 2019


Joe Biden has one thing in common with Donald Trump: a campaign promising “restoration” of a lost past, rather than the kind of transformation we …

The New Voters of 2020 and the Democrats: Steve Phillips, plus Ben Ehrenreich on Climate and Commerce and Amy Wilentz on Haiti’s Notre Dame

May 8th, 2019


For the 2020 election, we’ve been focusing mostly on the candidates who want to challenge Trump – but we also need to consider the voters, and the changes in the electorate since 2016.  Especially significant: young …

Does it Have to Be Biden? Joan Walsh on the Candidates, plus Joshua Holland on Impeachment and Peter Richardson on Carey McWilliams

May 1st, 2019


When Joe Biden finally declared his candidacy, he immediately pulled way out in front in the polls of Democratic candidates. The polls also show him …

‘We’re capable of doing remarkable things to combat climate change’: Bill McKibben plus Richard J. Evans on Eric Hobsbawm

April 24th, 2019


What can we do to reduce the speed of climate change?  Bill McKibben argues that we're at a bleak moment in human history -- and we'll either confront that bleakness, or watch the civilization our forebears built slip …

Trump’s Tax Returns: Why We Will See Them, and What We Will Find: David Cay Johnston, plus Zoe Carpenter on plastics and Laurie Winer on Stephen Miller

April 17th, 2019


The chair of the House Ways and Means Committee formally requested six years of Trump’s personal & business tax returns earlier this month. Trump has said he won’t do it—and that the law is “100 per cent” on his …

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Journey to the Left: Joan Walsh, plus Eric Foner on Reconstruction and Amy Wilentz on Jared Kushner

April 10th, 2019


Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren are the women in the Senate who have announced campaigns for the Democratic nomination—and Gillibrand is running on Medicare for All and a Green New …

Stacey Abrams: How We Fight for the Right to Vote; plus Harold Meyerson on the Trouble with Beto

April 3rd, 2019


* When Stacey Abrams ran for governor of Georgia last November as the first African-American and the first woman candidate, she got more votes than any Democrat in Georgia history, including Obama and Hillary …

Don’t Trust Barr on the Mueller Report: John Nichols; Plus Greg Grandin on Trump’s Wall and Adam Hochschild on Woodrow Wilson

March 27th, 2019


Nobody should be satisfied with Attorney General William Barr’s account of the Mueller report, says John Nichols.  We had assumed that the …

College Admissions Scams, from Jared Kushner to the Present: Amy Wilentz, plus Medicaid in Arkansas and Abortion in Mississippi

March 20th, 2019


50 people in six states were accused by the Justice Department last week of taking part in a major college admission scandal. They include Hollywood …

How to Beat Trump in 2020: John Nichols on Strategy, Michael Kazin on Southern Democrats, and Katha Pollitt on Women

March 13th, 2019


The Democrats’ picking Milwaukee for their convention in 2020 indicates how that Wisconsin is a key battleground the party must win in order to …

Bill McKibben: From Coal and Gas to Wind and Sun; plus Maia Szalavitz on the Opioid Epidemic and Sean Wilentz on Impeachment

March 6th, 2019


To replace coal and oil, do we need nuclear power?  Is switching from coal powered electric plants to natural gas a step in the right direction?  And what lessons can we draw from the recent victories—and setbacks--for …

Michelle Goldberg: The Time is Right for a Green New Deal; plus George Zornick on Elizabeth Warren and Michael Walzer on Movement Politics

February 27th, 2019


Trump’s presidency is not the end of Democracy, as some of our friends have suggested.  Instead we are seeing the end of a political cycle, the one …

Naomi Klein: To Fight Climate Change, We Have to Radically Rethink What Is Possible; plus Dahlia Lithwick on Trump’s ‘Emergency’ and Manuel Pastor on Calif. vs. Trump

February 20th, 2019


Naomi Klein says the Green New Deal needs to follow the example of the New Deal of the 1930s, when nothing would have happened without “massive …

Child Care for All belongs on the Progressive Agenda Katha Pollitt, plus David Klion on Bernie’s foreign policy and Antony Loewenstein on Afghanistan

February 13th, 2019


Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college tuition, a $15 minimum wage – and how about adding Child care for all to the Progressive agenda?  …

The State of the Union is Not Good: John Nichols on Trump, plus Sasha Abramsky on TPS and Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change

February 6th, 2019


John Nichols says Trump’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night was "cynical and crude."
Also: Temporary Protected Status – “TPS” - has allowed …

Trump’s Wall—and the Walls of the Future: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on Borders, Joan Walsh on Pramila Jayapal, and Harold Meyerson on Politics after the Shutdown

January 30th, 2019


The battle between Democrats and Trump over a border wall was a disagreement about symbolism, not policy, Atossa Araxia Abrahamian argues; the …

2019 Will Be the Worst Year of Trump’s Life: John Nichols on politics, Sarah Jaffe on the LA teachers strike, and Sean Wilentz on slavery and the constitution

January 23rd, 2019


What will 2019 be like for Trump? Will it be like Nixon in 1974—the Watergate year, which ended with his resignation? Or more like Clinton in …

The anti-immigrant temptation on the left: David Adler on politics, Pedro Noguera on the LA teachers strike, and Kate Aronoff on the battle of ideas

January 16th, 2019


A political movement combining a left-wing economic program with anti-immigrant initiatives: it’s developing right now in Germany and France – could …

The Issues Republicans Are Afraid to Touch: Harold Meyerson on Politics, plus Aaron Maté on Russiagate and Alex Press on Amazon workers

January 9th, 2019


Now that the Democrats are in charge in the House of Representatives, Harold Meyerson says, we can learn a lot about progressive political …

The Best of 2018: Seymour Hersh on Trump, Barbara Ehrenreich on ‘Wellness,’ and Amos Oz Remembered

January 2nd, 2019


Our most popular interviews of the year, starting with Seymour Hersh, one of our heroes; he says “don’t underestimate Trump.”  He won a Pulitzer …

The Facts of Russiagate have been Obvious for a Long Time: David Klion on Putin and Trump, plus Amy Wilentz on Trump’s Mental Status and Bill McKibben on Climate Change

December 26th, 2018


For our year-in-review show, we open with a Russiagate update with David Klion – he says it’s basically a corruption scandal whose basic facts have …

2018: A Big Year for Progressives—John Nichols on Politics, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Obamacare and Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on Left Internationalism

December 19th, 2018


John Nichols presents the highlights of The Nation’s annual Progressive Honor Roll—our heroes in Congress, in state politics, and in leading protests …

William Barr: Another Jeff Sessions? David Cole, plus Dave Lindorff on Pentagon Accounting Fraud and Marc Cooper on the Revolution in Armenia

December 12th, 2018


Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, is more qualified to do the job than Matt Whitaker--but so are thousands of others. His record, …

George H.W. Bush Gave Us Today's Republican Party: Harold Meyerson, plus Katha Pollitt on White Women and Trump and Eric Foner on Frederick Douglass

December 5th, 2018


George H. W. Bush paved the way for today’s Republican party with his racist Willy Horton campaign, nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, …

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’: Where Are the Politics? Amy Wilentz, plus Kai Wright on Midterm Victories and Tom Athanasiou on Climate

November 28th, 2018


Michelle Obama declares in her new memoir, "I am not a political person, so I'm not going to attempt to offer an analysis" of Trump’s victory.  …

How Democrats Won in the White-Hot Heart of the Republican Right: Gustavo Arellano on Orange County, plus L.A. Kauffman on Protest and Andrew Delbanco on Fugivitive Slaves

November 21st, 2018


Orange County, California, was the political starting point for Nixon, for the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign, and for Reagan—as Republican as …

“Chasing an Elusive Centrism is Ridiculous”: Frank Rich on politics, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Matt Whitaker and Laura Carlsen on the Caravan

November 14th, 2018


Frank Rich finds lessons for Democrats in the midterms: seeking “the political center,” as recommended by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff, …

A Blue Wave for Progressives and Women—With Some Heartbreakers: John Nichols and Joan Walsh on the Midterms, plus Andy Robinson on Brazil

November 7th, 2018


Tuesday night was a good night for progressive Democrats, John Nichols argues—and Democratic control of the House will bring an epic change to …

Women Voters and the Midterms: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Joan Walsh, and Cecile Richards; plus Ari Berman on vote suppression and Gary Younge on the Midwest

October 31st, 2018


Women voters—and candidates—are mobilized as never before for next week’s midterms: Joan Walsh and Cecile Richards report from across the country at a Nation event introduced by publisher and editor Katrina vanden …

We Have a Problem With White Men: They Support Trump—Kai Wright, plus Jill Lepore on Trump and History and Michael Kazin on Hubert Humphrey

October 24th, 2018


62 per cent of white men voted for Trump, 31 per cent for Clinton.  Kai Wright has our analysis--he’s host of WNYC’s podcast The United States of …

Can Progressive Momentum Transform The Democratic Party? Jeff Cohen, plus Sasha Abramsky on Arizona and Joan Walsh on Georgia

October 17th, 2018


What lessons have the Democrats learned from the disaster of 2016? Jeff Cohen talks about the progressives’ fight to win the party away from dependence on corporate contributions—and instead to mobilize the grassroots. …

Women’s Anger—and Kavanaugh’s Rage: Rebecca Traister, plus David Cay Johnston on Trump’s tax crimes and John Nichols on impeaching Kavanaugh

October 10th, 2018


Rebecca Traister sees in the Kavanaugh hearings a typical case where women’s anger was marginalized or made to sound hysterical or infantile or threatening—but men’s anger was taken to be valid and righteous. But that …

Yes We Have an Activist Community Fighting Kavanaugh: Joan Walsh, plus D.D. Guttenplan on a new radical majority and Michelle Chen on the Fight for $15

October 3rd, 2018


Joan Walsh explains why we lack confidence in the re-opened FBI background check into Kavanaugh’s past, and talks about the activists who are …

The Kavanaugh Hearings Have Been an Outrage From the Beginning: John Nichols on the hearings, plus Sasha Abramsky on Voting Rights in Florida and Bryce Covert on Universal Basic Income

September 26th, 2018


The Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh have been an outrage, even before the recent “allegations of sexual misconduct.” …

Michael Moore: From Obama to Trump: "Fahrenheit 11/9"

September 21st, 2018


Michael Moore talks about his new documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9," opens Friday May 21 across America--It's a passionate argument about how the Democrats helped pave the way to Trump's election, and a call to arms to …

The Case Against Kavanaugh: Katha Pollitt; plus Harold Meyerson on the Financial Crisis and Mouin Rabbani on Oslo

September 19th, 2018


Katha Pollitt considers the arguments made by Brett Kavanaugh’s defenders in response to the charges that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old when he …

Fighting Climate Change—and Donald Trump: Bill McKibben plus Steve Phillips on moderate Republicans and Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on the inequality industry

September 12th, 2018


As world leaders (except for Trump) gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit, Bill McKibben comments on California’s new law mandating 100 per cent clean electricity by 2045—and on the next …

We’re at a “Which Side Are You On” Moment: Randi Weingarten, plus Mark Hertsgaard on climate politics and David Cole on Kavanaugh

September 5th, 2018


In Oklahoma and West Virgina and Missouri, teachers have led amazingly successful battles against Republican budget-cutting and tax breaks for the …

Melania Trump: Hero of the People? Amy Wilentz, plus Katha Pollitt on the Politics of Motherhood and Lee Saunders on Unions after Janus

August 29th, 2018


Amy Wilentz takes up the vital question, is Melania Trump a hero of the resistance—or an accomplice of evil?  Is she edging “ever closer to open …

Centrism Is Not the Answer! Gary Younge; plus Todd Gitlin on 1968 and Farah Griffin on Aretha

August 22nd, 2018


Centrism lost for the Democrats in 2016, and it will lose again in 2018, Gary Younge argues: the party needs not just to oppose Trump, but also to put forward an alternative vision that can earn the support of …

Refugees, Immigrants, and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen; plus Anna Deavere Smith on the school-to-prison pipeline and Rachel Kushner on women in prison

August 15th, 2018


One of the defining features of Trump’s politics has been the way he’s appealed to hatred and fear of refugees and immigrants. Viet Thanh Nguyen …

A Golden Age for News Media under Trump? John Nichols; plus Harold Meyerson on Politics around Kavanaugh and Nomi Prins on Trump and Economic Entropy

August 8th, 2018


The Age of Trump, despite the opportunities it brings to investigative journalism, is hardly a “golden age”, John Nichols argues: cutbacks and …

Is Trumpism Fascism? Katha Pollitt; plus Mike Lux on Political Strategy and Harold Meyerson on Jonathan Gold

August 1st, 2018


Katha Pollitt is not happy with leftists calling Trump a “fascist” – maybe there’s a better term for his attacks on democracy, which have a lot in …

After Trump’s Worst Week: Joan Walsh; plus David Cole on Brett Cavanaugh and Michael Kazin on Jimmy Carter

July 25th, 2018


A week ago Trump returned from his disastrous press conference with Putin in Helsinki to face a firestorm of criticism.  Joan Walsh reviews the …

Trump and Putin: Separating the Surreal From the Sensible—Katrina vanden Heuvel; plus John Nichols on Kavanaugh and Adam Winkler on Corporate ‘Rights’

July 18th, 2018


Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday might have brought progress on nuclear arms control and conflict …

Is Trump Crazy? Would Pence Be Worse? Amy Wilentz on Trump, Jane Mayer on Pence, and E.J. Dionne on America After Trump

July 11th, 2018


Amy Wilentz comments on the mental and emotional status of the president, as analyzed by 27 psychiatrists in The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book edited by Bandy X. Lee. The book was number four on the New York …

How We Can Block Trump’s Supreme Court Pick: John Nichols; plus Thomas Frank on Trump’s Supporters and David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs

July 4th, 2018


The most important political task of the year is blocking Trump’s supreme court pick. It can be done, John Nichols argues—with the right political …

Cruelty and Confusion in Trump’s Treatment of Migrant Children: Zoë Carpenter; plus Eyal Press on Drone Warriors and Amy Wilentz on Haiti

June 27th, 2018


What’s happening to migrant children separated from their parents by the Border Patrol?  Zoë Carpenter reports on the confusion and uncertainty …

Catastrophic Climate Change is Not an “Environmental” Issue: Bill McKibben; plus Andrew Bacevich on Endless War and Robert Edelman on the World Cup

June 20th, 2018


It’s the most crucial security question that humans have ever faced: catastrophic climate change.  Bill McKibben says it’s too late to halt global warming, but we still have a chance to curb it, “short of civilizational …

In Trump’s ‘Madness,’ A Chance for Peace in Korea: Bruce Cumings; plus Ahilan Arulanantham on Trump’s family separation policy, and Harold Meyerson on the Democrats

June 13th, 2018


“In Trump’s madness, he brings innocent eyes” to the Korean conflict, says University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings—which frees Trump from Washington establishment thinking, and create a real possibility of peace …

Trump Is ‘Crazy Like a Fox’: Seymour Hersh—Plus Bryce Covert on homelessness and Viet Thanh Nguyen on refugees

June 6th, 2018


Seymour Hersh has won dozens of awards for his reporting on My Lai, Abu Ghraib, CIA surveillance of the anti-war movement in the Nixon years, and the crimes of Kissinger and the CIA in Chile and other places. He worked …

How Abortion Rights Triumphed in Ireland: Katha Pollitt; plus Wendy Pearlman on Syrian Refugees and Tom Engelhardt on ‘America’s Empire of Nothing’

May 30th, 2018


Everyone said the Irish vote on abortion would be close – but 66 per cent voted “yes” last Friday, including a majority of men, and a majority of …

Progressive Dems Win Big in Primaries: John Nichols; plus Yanis Varoufakis on Trump and Europe, and Arthur Goldhammer on Paris in May '68

May 23rd, 2018


Progressive and populist Democrats had some impressive victories in primaries last week in Pennsylvania, and also in Nebraska and Idaho—defeating …

From Gaza to Jerusalem: Amy Wilentz; Plus Rachel Kushner on 'The Mars Room' and Patricia Williams on lynching

May 16th, 2018


Every day Trump makes the world less safe; Monday was a big one. Amy Wilentz comments on Ivanka and Jared—and Sheldon Adelson—dedicating the new American embassy in Jerusalem, while the Israeli military killed 60 …

Trump has No Plan B on Iran—Except War: Michael Klare, plus D.D. Guttenplan on Texas and Eric Foner on Columbia ‘68

May 9th, 2018


Trump’s plan on pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is to pressure Iran to restart negotiations on terms more favorable to the US—but that’s never …

Trump’s Financial Crimes Are More Likely to Bring Him Down than Russiagate: David Cay Johnston on Trump, plus Bruce Cumings on Korea and Elizabeth Drew on Comey

May 2nd, 2018


Trump’s greatest vulnerability may not be Russiagate, but rather his financial and tax crimes. David Cay Johnston has been investigating and …

James Comey’s Self-Justification Is Just ‘Not Good Enough’—Jonathan Freedland, plus Lawrence Wright on Trump and Texas and Margaret Atwood on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale'

April 25th, 2018


James Comey’s monster best-seller, A Higher Loyalty, is “a plea for exculpation,” says Jonathan Friedland, but its self-justifications are “not good …

The Trump Reelection Scenario: Thomas Frank; plus Adam Hochschild on Guns and Gary Younge’s Return to Muncie

April 18th, 2018


Trump is the most unpopular president in history—but could he be reelected in 2020? Thomas Frank says it wouldn’t be hard—if the economy continues to …

Barbara Ehrenreich: What’s Wrong with ‘Wellness’; plus David Cole on Trump and Mueller, and Katha Pollitt on Stormy and Melania

April 11th, 2018


Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the pressure to remain fit, slim, and in control of one's body, even as the end of life approaches—and about the …

A Russia Strategy for Progressives: Katrina vanden Heuvel; plus Mark Hertsgaard on cellphone safety, and Stephanie Schriock on Emily’s List

April 4th, 2018


How progressives should think about Russia: Katrina vanden Heuvel talks about Putin and his history, the democratic opposition inside Russia, and …

How Trump Radicalized the Parkland Kids in Their Fight Against Guns: George Zornick, plus Micah Sifrey on Facebook and Sue Halpern on Trump vs. Libraries

March 29th, 2018


Last Sunday’s Rally for Our Lives shows that having Trump in the White House has made the demands of those wonderful Parkland kids more radical.  …

Hey, Democrats Are Actually Running to Win! Joan Walsh on the Democrats’ new strategy, Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, and Anna Deavere Smith on the school-to-prison pipeline.

March 21st, 2018


After years of getting beaten in state legislative races, the Democrats have a new energy and a new wave of candidates—especially after last year’s …

Robert Reich: Trump vs. the Common Good—plus Katha Pollitt on Russiagate Skeptics, and Remembering the My Lai Massacre

March 14th, 2018


Robert Reich says it’s time to turn away from the unbridled greed and selfishness of the Age of Trump and restore the idea of the common good. Reich was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor; his new book is The Common Good.

Chris Hayes: What Trump Means When He Says He’s “Strong on Crime” plus Gary Younge on Kids and Guns and Michael Walzer on Foreign Policy for the Left

March 7th, 2018


“For Donald Trump, crime is not a problem to be solved; it is a weapon to be wielded”—against people of color and immigrants: Chris Hayes talks about …

How the Parkland Kids Are Beating the Gun Industry: George Zornick, plus Jane McAlevey on Unions and Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Jared, and Don Jr .

February 28th, 2018


The mass shooting at that high school in Parkland, Florida, two weeks ago, where 17 kids were killed, is still in the news, because of the brilliant …

It's Time to Break Up Amazon—Stacy Mitchell; plus Bryce Covert on low wage workers and Bob Dreyfuss on the Russiagate indictments

February 21st, 2018


Amazon is a radically new kind of monopoly that seeks to control all of online commerce. Stacy Mitchell says it’s time for anti-trust action to …

Elizabeth Warren on Monopoly Power: George Zornick reports; plus David Dayen on Warren Buffett and Katha Pollitt on Trump and women

February 14th, 2018


Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to make the fight against monopoly power in America a key part of the Democrats’ agenda; George Zornick reports on his …

Is it ‘Treason’ Not to Clap for the President? Joan Walsh, plus Nomi Prins on Financial Deregulation and Ann Jones on Norwegians

February 7th, 2018


In a speech in Ohio on Monday, Trump said it was “treason” for the Democrats not to applaud him during his State of the Union speech. Tuesday, his spokesperson said he was just kidding. Joan Walsh says it’s not …

The Trouble with Teleprompter Trump's State of the Union: Harold Meyerson; plus Meehan Crist and Tim Requarth on Phony Forensics

January 31st, 2018


Trump’s Teleprompter reading of his State of the Union speech was reprehensible in so many ways—why bother listening at all? Don’t we already know …

Women Show How to Run—And Win—Against Trump’s GOP: John Nichols, plus Alfred McCoy on Fortress America and the Rev. William Barber on White Nationalism

January 24th, 2018


Trump’s not on the ballot this year, but that’s not stopping Democratic women from running against him in races across the country. John Nichols …

How Trump Brought Feminism Back With a Vengeance: Katha Pollitt; plus Bob Dreyfuss on Russiagate and David Bromwich on Trump’s Ruling Passions

January 17th, 2018


Since Trump took office a year ago, Katha Pollitt says, women have been unleashing decades of pent-up anger: starting with the Women’s March, then in …

Oprah for President? John Nichols; plus Harold Meyerson on Trump vs. California and Father Greg Boyle on Working with Ex-Gang Members

January 10th, 2018


John Nichols points out the problems with running a celebrity like Oprah for president; plus Harold Meyerson comments on how Trump is attacking …

Fred Trump and the KKK of the 1920s: Linda Gordon, plus Nancy MacLean on the Roots of the Radical Right

January 3rd, 2018


The KKK of the 1920s had millions of members outside the South. It targeted Catholics and Jews as well as blacks, and had impressive success at …

“Whiteness Is All They’ve Got”: Gary Younge on Trump’s Working Class Supporters; Plus D.D. Guttenplan on Jackson, Miss., and Amy Wilentz on Ivana

December 20th, 2017


Gary Younge interviews Trump’s white working class supporters; D. D. Guttenplan spends a week reporting on Jackson, Mississippi; Amy Wilentz talks about Ivana.

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Victory in Alabama: How Doug Jones Won—Howell Raines. Plus Joan Walsh on #MeToo after Al Franken and John Nichols on Net Neutrality

December 13th, 2017


Alabama voters defeated Roy Moore and elected civil rights hero Doug Jones to the Senate—to take the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Howell Raines, the legendary Alabama journalist, explains what happened—and what it …

How the Democrats Can Defeat Roy Moore in Alabama: Howell Raines on Doug Jones, plus Bob Dreyfuss on Russigate and Gary Young on American Nazis

December 6th, 2017


From the Alabama hill country to the state’s Black Belt, Roy Moore, the Republican senate candidate accused of sexual assault of a 14-year-old, seems …

What Will It Take for the GOP to Pass its Terrible Tax Bill? George Zornick on Senate politics, plus Joan Walsh on sexual harassment in Washington and Rick Perlstein on Republicans against Trump

November 29th, 2017


What will it take for Republicans to pass “the biggest tax scam in history” (Paul Krugman’s phrase)?  George Zornick reports on the obstacles the GOP …

The Resistance to Trump, Year One: David Cole; plus Lawrence O’Donnell on 1968 and Steven Hahn on ‘Hillbilly Elegy’

November 21st, 2017


David Cole on stopping Trump, Lawrence O’Donnell on 1968, and Steven Hahn on “Hillbilly Elegy.”

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Can the Democrats Beat Roy Moore in Alabama? Howell Raines; plus Adam Shatz on Trump and the Bomb, and Corey Robin on Trump's Reactionary Mind

November 15th, 2017


The legendary journalist Howell Raines reports from Alabama on the continuing Republican support for Roy Moore; Adam Shatz talks about Trump's place …

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Russia, Trump, and the Democrats; plus George Zornick on the GOP Tax Bill and Danny Meyer on the Trouble with Tipping

November 8th, 2017


Katrina vanden Heuvel reports on Russia's monument to victims of the Gulag and comments on Robert Mueller's investigations and the lessons of Trump's …

Michelle Goldberg: Republicans and Trump, After the Indictments; plus Bob Dreyfuss on Mueller at Work, and Tony Schwartz on Trump

November 1st, 2017


Michelle Goldberg talks about Republicans and Trump, after the indictments. Bob Dreyfuss says the indictments of Paul Manafort are only the beginning …

Is Trump Crazy? Would Pence be Worse? Jane Mayer on Pence, and Amy Wilentz on Trump; plus Raj Patel on Cheap Food

October 25th, 2017


Would Pence be worse? Jane Mayer of The New Yorker reports—she interviewed more than 60 people in search of answers, including Pence’s mother. …

How Much Time Could Women Reclaim If They Didn't Have to Deal With Men’s Bullshit? Joan Walsh on Harvey Weinstein—plus John Nichols on Trump's Generals and Zoë Carpenter on the Future of Food

October 18th, 2017


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations of sexual harassment and assault, Joan Walsh talks about the torrent of #metoo stories, which reveal …

Ai Weiwei on Refugees: They Are Part of Us—plus David Dayen on JPMorgan Chase and Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, Jared, and Don Jr.

October 11th, 2017


“Human Flow” is Ai Weiwei’s amazing documentary on the global refugee crisis. He’s our greatest political artist—here he talks about his first …

Say It Again: Donald Trump Did Not Win the Popular Vote—E.J. Dionne; plus Ari Berman on Gerrymandering and Joan Walsh with Hillary

October 4th, 2017


E.J. Dionne argues that Trump has mobilized progressive political forces that can transform America. Plus Ari Berman reports on the argument about …

Trump’s Campaign Chief Paul Manafort Faces Indictment—plus Hillary’s Book and Ken Burns’s Vietnam Doc

September 20th, 2017


Bob Dreyfuss reports the big news in the Russiagate scandal, plus Sarah Leonard on Hillary’s Book and Todd Gitlin on Ken Burns’s Vietnam documentary on PBS.

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Hurricane politics and climate change in the Age of Trump: Mark Hertsgaard and John Nichols; plus Alfred McCoy on Cyberwar with China

September 13th, 2017


Scott Pruitt, who Trump appointed to head the EPA, says we should be helping victims of the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, and not debating climate …

Behind Trump’s Heartless Attack on the Dreamers: John Nichols, plus Elizabeth Holtzman on Robert Mueller and Joan Walsh on Mike Pence

September 6th, 2017


Why Trump sent Jeff Sessions to announce they were targeting the Dreamers for deportation—John Nichols explains. Plus Elizabeth Holtzman, veteran of …

Houston vs Climate Change: Roane Carey; plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Trump & Arpaio, and Bob Dreyfuss on Seth Rich

August 31st, 2017


Roane Carey, plus Erwin Chemerinsky on Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio and Bob Dreyfuss on Seth Rich.

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Bannon’s Exit: All Power to Jared? Amy Wilentz & John Nichols; plus Joshua Holland on Russia & Democracy

August 24th, 2017


Amy Wilentz on the boy wonder, John Nichols on Trump after Bannon, and Joshua Holland on Russia and democracy.

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How the Trump Presidency Ends: Frank Rich Compares the President’s Situation to Watergate

August 10th, 2017


Plus Joshua Holland on Trump voters and David Cole on the resistance.

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Surviving the Trump Years: Katha Pollitt’s Guide for the Anxious and the Depressed

August 3rd, 2017


Plus John Nichols on Medicare-for-All and Rosa Brooks on the generals.

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Is Trump Desperate Enough to Pardon Himself? Plus Healthcare in the Senate and Happiness in Denmark

July 26th, 2017


David Cole, legal director of the ACLU and The Nation’s legal affairs correspondent, argues that Trump would only be talking about pardoning himself …

Trump's Attorney & Russian Bankers: Bob Dreyfuss, plus Amy Wilentz on Don Jr. and Suzanne Gordon on the VA

July 19th, 2017


Bob Dreyfuss reports on the lawyers on both sides of the Russia investigations, starting with Mark Kasowicz, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, who is also working for Russian bankers connected to the meeting with Don …

Al Franken Versus the De-Humorizer—Plus Ari Berman on Voting & Joan Walsh on Trump Jr.

July 12th, 2017


Al Franken talks about the dangers of humor in politics, about the voters who supported Trump, the “deep hole” Attorney General Jeff Sessions has dug …

Naomi Klein: We’re All in Trump’s Reality Show Now—Plus Amy Wilentz on Jared; and Al Franken

July 5th, 2017


Trump’s presidential reality show is non-stop, Naomi Klein says in Part 2 of our interview—and, as a result, people really die. Naomi’s new book, No …

Naomi Klein: Kill the Trump Within—Plus, Health-Care in the Senate and Trump's Travel Ban

June 28th, 2017


It's not enough to say 'no' to Trump, Naomi Klein argues; we need to transform ourselves and our movement to bring about the change we need. Also: Senate Republicans postponed voting on their "health-care" bill, after …

Trumpcare Is the Most Unpopular Legislation in History—Plus, Socialism and Thoreau

June 21st, 2017


Only 17 percent of Americans approve of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare; George Zornick says maybe that explains the secrecy of Senate Republicans in drafting their bill. Also: Why are young people …

The Case for Impeaching Trump—Plus, Trump’s Tweets and Corbyn’s Triumph

June 14th, 2017


John Nichols argues that Trump should be charged by the House with obstruction of justice and abuse of power and put on trial in the Senate. Plus: …

Norman Lear: Donald Trump Is the Middle Finger of the American Right Hand

June 7th, 2017


Norman Lear, who created "All in the Family," reflects on why it succeeded in the Age of Nixon—and on what is different about political satire in the …

Sasha Abramsky: Trump Is Like a Cornered Animal. Plus: David Cole and Paul Mason

May 31st, 2017


The "new normal" of daily disasters for the White House make Trump more dangerous and irrational, Sasha Abramsky says, and more likely to adopt fascistic tactics. Plus: conservatives argue that the courts have gone too …

Donald Trump's Cruel and Unusual Budget—Plus the Supreme Court on Voting and Trump in Saudi Arabia

May 24th, 2017


All budgets are political statements—Trump’s, submitted to the House on Tuesday, represents a cruel attack on the weakest and most vulnerable, in …

Will Trump Even Make It Through One Term? Plus: Montana’s Special Election, and Ivanka's New Book

May 17th, 2017


Could the Democrats remove Trump from office? Harold Meyerson comments on the politics of impeachment, and the lessons of the Democrats’ successful …

Rick Perlstein: What We Didn’t Understand about Trump

May 10th, 2017


The leading histories of the conservative movement don’t account for the Klan enthusiasts and the “tribunes of white rage” that Trump mobilized and …

Laura Poitras: The Many Contradictions of Julian Assange

May 3rd, 2017


Risk is the new film by Laura Poitras, about Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Poitras, who won the Oscar for best documentary for her film …

Margaret Atwood: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ in the Age of Trump

April 26th, 2017


The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel about the US after a right-wing coup has installed a theocratic regime, is now a ten-part …

Bill McKibben: This Is Our Last Chance to Save the Planet

April 19th, 2017


“We’ll either save, or doom, the planet, during the Trump administration.” That’s what Bill McKibben says—he’s an organizer of the Climate March in Washington on Sunday, April 29. Also: 81 percent of white Evangelicals …

Tom Frank: Would Bernie Have Been Able to Beat Trump? Hell Yes!

April 12th, 2017


In the rust belt, "they hated Hillary" -- that's what Tom Frank found on his recent book tour for the paperback of "Listen, Liberal: Or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People?" Also: Is Ivanka Trump responsible …

Chris Hayes: Donald Trump Is a Law-and-Order President In the Worst Possible Way

April 5th, 2017


How we got from the events in Ferguson to the election of you-know-who: Chris Hayes talks about race, incarceration, and politics in his new book A …

Chris Hayes: Trump ‘Knew Literally—And I Mean Literally—Nothing About’ His Health-Care Bill

March 29th, 2017


Chris Hayes assesses the damage to Trump and to the Republicans caused by the failure of their effort to end Obamacare—and the opportunities the major defeat now opens up for progressives. Plus: The deepening crisis …

Jane Mayer on the Reclusive Billionaire Who Made Trump President

March 22nd, 2017


You may not have heard of the hedge-fund magnate Robert Mercer, but he was probably the most important backer of Trump for president. Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has the first in-depth report on this little-known …

Democrats Need to Understand Why the Rust Belt’s White Workers Still Support Trump

March 15th, 2017


Why do many white workers who voted for Trump still support him? The Nation sent D.D. Guttenplan to Ohio to find out—he’s returned now with his …

This Is the Resistance: More Than 5,000 Grassroots Groups Have Sprung Up Since Trump Was Elected

March 8th, 2017


Joshua Holland surveys the new grassroots resistance groups that have sprung up since the election—he found more than 75, and that number is likely …

How the Democrats Can Beat Trump on Tax Reform

March 1st, 2017


Harold Meyerson says it’s time for the Democrats to move beyond simply saying “no” to Trump and challenge him with alternative tax proposals that …

Jane Mayer: Dark Money and Donald Trump

February 22nd, 2017


The Koch brothers, the GOP’s biggest donors, didn’t support Trump for president—but he’s supporting their pro-business and anti-environmental agenda now. Jane Mayer of the New Yorker explains; her book Dark Money is out …

The West Coast Is Leading the Resistance Against Trump

February 15th, 2017


California, Oregon and Washington are leading what could become the largest resistance movement to federal policy in more than a century. Sasha …

Keith Ellison: How the Democrats Can Win

February 8th, 2017


The Democrats need to “champion working families and give voters a reason to show up at the polls in 2018 and beyond”—that’s what Representative …

How Far Outside the Legal Mainstream Is Neil Gorsuch?

February 1st, 2017


David Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU, discusses Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and its implications for …

Our ‘Insane Clown President’—and the Women Who Marched Against Him

January 25th, 2017


Matt Taibbi says “Trump made idiots of us all.” He covered the campaign for Rolling Stone—and his new book is Insane Clown President. Also: The …

We Can’t Just Protest Trump. We Must Defy Him.

January 18th, 2017


Frances Fox Piven argues that social movements need to “make trouble” to effectively challenge Trump—starting with sanctuary movements that will enlist large numbers of people in resisting his deportation efforts. Plus, …

Trump: Vicious, But Vulnerable

January 11th, 2017


Gary Younge says Trump’s victory shows the weakness of the Republican Party, not its strength—and argues that progressives must avoid despair and channel their anger into an effective resistance. Plus: Obamacare has …

Obama Didn’t Talk Much About Race. Did that Open the Door to Trump?

January 4th, 2017


Obamacare saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of black people, but Obama never mentioned that fact—his rhetoric throughout his presidency was always more “race-neutral” than not. And the Obama years also saw the …

Best of the Left in 2016

December 23rd, 2016


John Nichols says 2016 wasn’t all bad. With this year’s Progressive Honor Roll, we remember some of the people who fought the good fight, and …

Robert Reich: Why Republicans Are Wrong about Taxes

December 21st, 2016


Could Republicans be right when they say taxes on business hurt the economy, and low wages help? Robert Reich says there’s an easy way to find out: …

Chris Hayes: How We Got from Obama to Trump

December 14th, 2016


How did Obama’s presidency end with the election of Donald Trump? Chris Hayes comments—and talks about his trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin this week with Bernie Sanders to meet with Trump voters. Plus, Joan Walsh says …

Naomi Klein, Rebecca Solnit, and Zack Exley: How Organizing Can Still Win

December 7th, 2016


Naomi Klein reports from Standing Rock on the victory there over the Dakota Pipeline—the lesson, she says, is that resistance and organizing can win. …

Is the Recount Assuring Electoral Integrity, or Wasting Money on a Distraction?

November 30th, 2016


Jill Stein has raised almost $7 million to pay for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. John Nichols says it won’t make Hillary …

How to Stop Trump

November 23rd, 2016


In 2002, we had Bush and Cheney in the White House with Republican control of the House and the Senate and a Republican majority on the Supreme …

Mike Davis: The Real Revolution of 2016 Was Not Trump’s

November 16th, 2016


Trumpism is inherently chaotic, Mike Davis argues, and won’t last long, while the emergence of the Bernie Sanders movement has the potential to …

Mourn, Resist, Organize: Our Tasks Now

November 9th, 2016


Katrina vanden Heuvel says there’s no denying the magnitude of our defeats. We need to mourn our losses—but then we have to resist, and organize. …

Donald Trump: The View From the Rustbelt

November 2nd, 2016


Gary Younge has spent the last several weeks in Muncie, Indiana, reporting on politics in the rust belt. Trump voters there, he says, know his …

The Progressive Candidates Who Are Shaking Up This Election

October 26th, 2016


John Nichols talks about some of our favorite progressive candidates—for the Senate, the House, and state legislatures—who show what good politics …

Donald Trump’s ‘Horrifying’ Refusal to Accept the Election Results

October 20th, 2016


Maybe you heard the news: in the third debate, Donald Trump wouldn’t say he would accept the results of the election if he lost. Clinton called that …

Greil Marcus: Maybe Bob Dylan Isn’t a Poet, but He Is One of America’s Greatest Artists

October 19th, 2016


In this special edition of our podcast, Greil Marcus talks about “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Masters of War,” and “Like a Rolling Stone”—and the way …

Donald Trump’s 'Great Respect for Women'

October 12th, 2016


Katha Pollitt has some words for Trump and his defenders after the groping tape and the second debate, where he argued that ISIS “chopping off heads” …

A Journey into the Heart of Trump Country

October 5th, 2016


For her new book, sociologist Arlie Hochschild listened to Trump supporters explain their world in their own words. She spent five years in …

Katha Pollitt: It’s Time to Get Active for Hillary

September 28th, 2016


Feeling unenthusiastic about Hillary Clinton? Katha Pollitt says “If she loses, it’s your fault”—so it’s time to go to work on phone banks and …

Bernie Sanders Speaks: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Building a Revolution

September 21st, 2016


The Nation interview with Bernie: John Nichols, who with Katrina vanden Heuvel sat down with the senator, sets the scene and introduces our excerpts. …

Oliver Stone: Edward Snowden Has Done Something ‘Quite Amazing’

September 14th, 2016


The film 'Snowden,' which opens this weekend, was turned down by all of the big Hollywood studios. Director Oliver Stone explains what it took to …

White Workers, Trump, and Clinton

September 7th, 2016


It’s the year of the white working class, and Joan Walsh reports on the Democrats’ efforts to win back the voters they have been losing since the sixties. Plus, the fight over the Clinton Foundation: Amy Wilentz says …

The Green Party’s Jill Stein Wants a Green New Deal

August 31st, 2016


In this exclusive interview with Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president responds to the most common criticisms she hears: Won’t a Green vote make Trump’s victory more likely? Didn’t Bernie show it was …

Why Won’t Obama Grant Edward Snowden Amnesty?

August 24th, 2016


The power of independent journalism was demonstrated last week when the Obama Justice Department announced the end of incarceration of federal prisoners in private prisons. Seth Freed Wessler explains what it took to …

The Woman Behind Trump

August 17th, 2016


The most powerful person in Donald Trump’s campaign is not a political professional but rather his own daughter, Ivanka. Amy Wilentz explains how …

What Donald Trump Got Very Wrong About Sexual Harassment

August 10th, 2016


Katha Pollitt explains how women employees’ complaints of sexual harassment forced out Roger Ailes—and examines Donald Trump’s comments about it. …

An Hour Without Trump

August 3rd, 2016


Trump is everywhere in the news this week, so we decided to do something different: 60 minutes of political talk that is Trump-free. Guaranteed. …

Will Hillary’s Outreach to Bernie’s Supporters Work?

July 29th, 2016


John Nichols analyzes Hillary Clinton’s big speech and the place of Bernie Sanders supporters in Democrats’ plans to fight Donald Trump. Plus D.D. …

Can Trump Win? The Republicans After Cleveland

July 22nd, 2016


Amy Wilentz and Jon Wiener debate Trump’s chances for victory in November: Jon says he won’t win; Amy says ‘don’t be so sure.’ Plus: John Nichols and …

Don’t Forget: Someone Loved Philando Castile, Someone Loved Alton Sterling

July 13th, 2016


The shooting of police officers in Dallas does not change anything about the shootings of black men in Baton Rouge or St. Paul, Kai Wright …

Clinton's Email, the FBI, and the Voters

July 6th, 2016


Joan Walsh says the FBI director’s blunt criticism of Clinton’s handling of her email provides the presidential hopeful with an opportunity to …

Brexit’s Unlikely Lessons for Hillary Clinton

June 29th, 2016


The victorious campaign in Britain to leave the European Union has many striking parallels to Donald Trump’s campaign to win the White House. D.D. Guttenplan says “that ought to keep Hillary supporters awake at night.” …

 Donald Trump Really Could Ban Muslims From Entering the Country

June 22nd, 2016


The People’s Summit brought organizers and activists to Chicago last weekend for three days of planning about where to go next with the Bernie movement—at the Democratic National Convention, and after. RoseAnn DeMoro, …

Life and Death in Gay Orlando

June 15th, 2016


Orlando was one of the most gay-friendly cities in the South—and still is, says Nadine Smith of Equality Florida. Also: Bernie won the war of ideas …

What Happened in California?

June 9th, 2016


Everything you need to know about the California primary—John Nichols explains it all to producer Alan Minsky. Also: Andrew Cockburn of Harper’s …

Does Bernie’s Movement Have a Future?

June 1st, 2016


Bernie Sanders’s campaign rallies in California have brought out more than 100,000 people—many of whom think he can win the state’s primary next …

Can the Democratic Party Be United?

May 25th, 2016


Bernie Sanders has stopped his direct attacks on Hillary, and he’s been able to make some strong appointments to the platform committee for the Democratic National Convention. Is the unification of the party underway? …

Donald Trump Knows the Age of Reagan Is Over. Does Hillary?

May 18th, 2016


Hillary will have to do something different to beat Donald Trump, Bruce Shapiro argues—because appealing to moderates, like the Clintons did in the nineties, is not going to work this year. Also: The #BreakFree climate …

 Hillary Clinton Is Donald Trump’s Dream Opponent

May 11th, 2016


Donald Trump’s ideal opponent is a member of the establishment, Steve Fraser argues—the kind that used to be called a “limousine liberal.” Hillary Clinton, he argues, fits the bill perfectly. Also: The only way Trump …

If Donald Trump Loses, Will There Be Violence?

May 4th, 2016


When Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in November, his millions of supporters will be told that their American birthright has once again been …

Could Donald Trump Actually Win Some of Bernie’s Supporters?

April 27th, 2016


Trump says he’ll fight for jobs against NAFTA-type trade deals, and he doesn’t take money from Wall Street. Is that enough to win some of Bernie …

Frank Rich: How Hillary Could Lose to Trump

April 20th, 2016


A Clinton vs. Trump campaign in the fall would be a battle of the negatives, Frank Rich says--and Hillary’s are dangerously high. Plus: Hillary and …

Naomi Klein Says Climate Justice Requires Bernie’s Boldness

April 13th, 2016


Naomi Klein argues that the problem with Hillary Clinton’s climate policy is not her corporate contributions; it’s her corporate ideology. The …

 Bernie Sanders Has Momentum on His Side

April 6th, 2016


John Nichols says that, after the Wisconsin primary, Bernie has momentum on his side. Also: David Cole argues that citizen activists are the real …

What Kind of President Would Donald Trump Be?

March 30th, 2016


Sasha Abramsky asks, if Donald Trump were president, would he be a familiar kind of New York deal-maker—or a deluded demagogue? Campaign …

Bernie Is Bringing the Reagan Era to an End

March 23rd, 2016


Bernie Sanders is the leading edge of the historical forces bringing the 40-year Reagan era to an end, says Richard Parker of Harvard’s Kennedy …

Bernie Isn't Finished

March 16th, 2016


John Nichols answers the question, what’s left for Bernie Sanders after Tuesday’s primaries? Quite a bit, he says—he’s The Nation’s National Affairs …

Bernie on the Move

March 9th, 2016


Harold Meyerson says Bernie’s victory in Michigan shows he'd be a stronger candidate than Hillary in big industrial states with diverse populations …

Donald Trump, Master of Hate

March 2nd, 2016


Joan Walsh on panic in the GOP establishment over Trump's triumphs on Super Tuesday; Joan is The Nation’s national affairs correspondent. Plus: What Trump supporters really think. Sasha Abramsky interviewed a bunch of …

Can Anything Stop Donald Trump?

February 24th, 2016


John Nichols says it’s hard to see how the Republican Party can stop Trump from winning the nomination—for starters, nobody is trying—and it’s not …

Who Is Hillary Clinton?

February 17th, 2016


Katha Pollitt asks, “Is it wrong for women Democrats to want to vote for a woman Democrat?” In 2008 she voted for Obama rather than Hillary; today …

The Secret to Bernie’s Startling Success

February 10th, 2016


Republican disarray deepens after New Hampshire: Rick Perlstein explains the dilemma of the GOP establishment, as their chosen candidates continue to slide. Also: The startling success of Bernie Sanders in New …

How Bernie Sanders Went From Trailing by Double Digits to Tying in Iowa

February 3rd, 2016


Gary Younge says Donald Trump is not a uniquely American phenomenon, but part of a broader Western European phenomenon of white, nativist responses to globalization, immigration and terrorism. Joan Walsh analyzes the …

Frank Rich on Donald Trump; plus Bill McKibben and Anna Deavere Smith

January 27th, 2016


The GOP establishment is moving toward accepting Donald Trump as their candidate, says Frank Rich—they think he will make deals with them, while Ted Cruz won’t. Also: Bill McKibben, founder of, the global …

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Why We've Endorsed Bernie Sanders

January 20th, 2016


The Nation magazine has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president; editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel explains why. Also: Dave Zirin, sports …

Should Feminists Vote for Clinton?

January 13th, 2016


Katha Pollitt says feminists should vote for Hillary Clinton, who will be good for women, and who is the only Democratic candidate who can win. But …

Rick Perlstein: Rahm Emanuel Must Go

January 6th, 2016


Rick Perlstein on Chicago’s mayor; Adam Gopnik and Amy Wilentz on the Charlie Hebdo shooting, one year later; and Rebecca Solnit on climate change in …

The Best of the Left in 2015

December 22nd, 2015


The most valuable activist, the biggest ideological comeback, the best newspaper front page, and more: John Nichols presents The Nation’s Progressive …

Barbara Ehrenreich Explains Why the White Working Class Is Dying—Literally

December 16th, 2015


On this week’s podcast, Barbara Ehrenreich talks about the alarming rise in the death rate of middle-aged white working class men, who are committing …

ISIS and American Muslims; Republicans and American Guns

December 9th, 2015


Laila Lalami talks about what ISIS wants from American Muslims; Joan Walsh explains the real reason we don’t have gun control; and we remember …

Naomi Klein: The Paris Climate Conference Protests Will Not Be Stopped

December 2nd, 2015


Naomi Klein on the Shock Doctrine and the Paris climate protests, Katha Pollitt on Europe’s refugee crisis, Eric Foner on Woodrow Wilson’s racism, …

Bernie Sanders’s Socialism; the Future of Football

November 24th, 2015


Eric Foner on how Bernie should talk about socialism, Dave Zirin on parents and football, Ari Berman on the battle for the vote, and Julianne Hing on …

The Arab World and ISIS; The New York Times and Bernie Sanders

November 18th, 2015


Laila Lalami talks about the origins of ISIS, and what to do about it now. Laila grew up in Morocco; her novel 'The Moor's Account' was nominated for …

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